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Rex SIkes' Movie Beat chats with director Pen Densham

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Pen Denshama writer, producer, director,  prefers to think of himself as a filmmaker. At nineteen he moved to Canada, where he directed commercials and documentaries, working with Marshall McLuhan. He joined John Watson and gainedAcademy Award nominations for the documentary LIFE TIMES NINE. In total the duo received over seventy international awards for their works. IF WISHES WERE HORSES, Pen wrote and directed, won fourteen awards and was reviewed by TV Guide as the best film of any length shown on Canadian Television.  It brought Densham's work to the attention of Norman Jewison who, with Telefilm, sponsored his move to Hollywood. In Hollywood, Pen and John founded the Trilogy Entertainment Group. They acted as creative consultants on ROCKY II, and FOOTLOOSE.  In 1988 Pen directed  THE KISS, for Tri-Star.  In 1990, Densham and Watson sold their spec script for ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and produced the film for Morgan Creek and Warner Brothers. They produced BACKDRAFT with Ron Howard directing. Pen wrote and directed MOLL FLANDERS for MGM and Spelling Entertainment, starring Morgan Freeman & Robin Wright-Penn. Pen wrote and directed HOUDINI, for TNT television, which starred Johnathon Schaech, Mark Ruffalo and Emile Hirsch. Pen has been a Producer on  BLOWN AWAY, TANK GIRL, LARGER THAN LIFE, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYSand JUST BURIED starring Rose Byrne and Jay Baruchel in 2008. In Television, Pen's wrote and supervise the re-franchising of the OUTER LIMITS and he re-introduced the branding power of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. He authored RIDING THE ALLIGATOR about screenplay writing and strategies for a career in Hollywood.  Stay tuned to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat for other great interviews, cast and crew listings, events, premieres and more at rexsikes.com