Lou Pepe

Associate Professor
120 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Lou Pepe directs both documentary and fiction films, among them Lost in La Mancha (2002), shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary and winner of the Evening Standard’s Peter Sellers Award for Best Comedy; Brothers of the Head (2006), winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature; and Malkovich’s Mail (2003), an original documentary special for AMC.  His most recent documentary feature The Bad Kids premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize for Verité Filmmaking in the U.S. Documentary Competition and subsequently went on to screen at international film festivals and national PBS broadcast.  The Bad Kids is currently part of a national outreach campaign to bring greater awareness and support to public education and drop-out prevention programs.  Pepe holds a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Humanities from M.I.T. and an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University.  He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Directors Lab and Documentary Film Program.  He has collaborated with co-director Keith Fulton for over 20 years.  As Low Key Pictures they have received commissions from the Gates and Participant Foundations to create documentary programming about public education, including The New Teacher Experience (WNET, 2012) and the web-series I Am Education (2013).  Pepe’s interest in education also extends to practice, and he serves as the Faculty Director of Temple University’s L.A. Study-Away program for aspiring young entertainment industry professionals.  He is currently at work on a documentary follow-up to Lost in La Mancha, following director Terry Gilliam through his 27-year odyssey to film a screen adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

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