P. David Ebersole

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P. David Ebersole
Peter David Ebersole, Jr.

(1964-03-16) March 16, 1964 (age 58)
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Todd Hughes

P. David Ebersole (born March 16, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television director and independent filmmaker. He began his film career as a child actor, playing the lead in the musical Junior High School (1978), which also starred Paula Abdul.


Stepping behind the camera, as an undergraduate he won Best Film and Best Director at NYU for his first effort "Lover Man" (1986), and earned his MFA winning AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner award for best film/best director for his student thesis project, "Death in Venice, CA" (1994). He directed the boxing film "Straight Right" (2000) that premiered on Sundance Channel, and was a director on two telenovelas for Fox Television airing on My Network TV, Desire (2006) and Wicked Wicked Games (2007) starring Tatum O'Neal.

He was co-producer of the HBO original film, "Stranger Inside" (2001) and the independent film "The New Women" (2001) starring Mary Woronov. He directed and edited his first documentary "Hit So Hard" about drummer Patty Schemel of the seminal grunge band Hole (band), which had its world premiere at SXSW 2011 and was released theatrically in 2012.[1] Along with his husband and business partner Todd Hughes, he is Executive Producer of Room 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining."

Ebersole is writer/director and Executive Producer of Dear Mom, Love Cher, a documentary about Georgia Holt, the mother of international superstar Cher. [1] Independently produced by The Ebersole Hughes Company and APIS Productions, it premiered on Lifetime May 6, 2013.[2]

His latest film, Mansfield 66/67, premiered at the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) where Paris-based International sales outfit Stray Dogs picked up worldwide rights.[3] About the last two years of movie goddess Jayne Mansfield’s life and the rumours swirling around her untimely death being caused by a curse after her alleged romantic dalliance with Anton LaVey, head of the Church of Satan. Mansfield 66/67 is "a true story based on rumour and hearsay," celebrating Jayne's life on the 50th anniversary of her death.[4] Directed by Ebersole with his husband Todd Hughes, and produced by Ebersole, Hughes and Larra Anderson, it will be released theatrically in North America for Halloween 2017 by Gunpowder & Sky.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Palm Springs, California, with his husband Todd Hughes.



  • "Mansfield 66/67" (2017)
    • Documentary Feature
  • "Dear Mom, Love Cher" (2013)
    • TV Movie Documentary
  • "Hit So Hard" (2011)
    • Documentary Feature
  • "Swimming" (2010)
    • Short
  • "Wicked Wicked Games" (2007)
    • TV Series/Telenovela, 65 episodes
  • "Desire (TV Series)" (2006)
    • TV Series/Telenovela, 65 episodes
  • "Hot Chicks" (2006)
    • Feature Compilation of shorts, segment "Doom Town"
  • "Straight Right" (2000)
    • Narrative Feature
  • "Death In Venice, CA" (1994)
    • Short


  • "Mansfield 66/67" (2017)
    • Documentary Feature
  • "Alaska Is A Drag" (2016)
    • Narrative Feature, Executive Producer
  • "A Reunion" (2014)
    • Narrative Feature, Executive Producer
  • "Dear Mom, Love Cher" (2013)
    • TV Movie Documentary, Executive Producer
  • "Room 237" (2012)
    • Documentary Feature, Executive Producer
  • "The New Women" (2001)
    • Narrative Feature, Co-producer
  • Stranger Inside (2001)
    • TV Movie, co-producer


  1. ^ Gregg Kilday (13 July 2011). "Rights to the Patty Schemel Doc 'Hit So Hard' Go to Well Go USA". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  2. ^ Alison Willmore (2 April 2013). "Lifetime to Premiere Cher Doc From 'Hit So Hard' Director P. David Ebersole". IndieWire. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ Geoffrey Macnab (28 January 2017). "IFFR: Stray Dogs picks up Jayne Mansfield documentary". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ Liz Calvario (27 January 2017). "'Mansfield 66/67' Trailer Examines Jayne Mansfield's Interest in Satanic Rituals and Her Untimely Death". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ Orlando Parfitt (24 May 2017). "Jayne Mansfield doc heads to America". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2 June 2017.

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