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Filmmaker Denis Sanders was born on January 21, 1929 in New York City. Denis studied film at the University of California. In 1954 Sanders won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject for his masters' thesis student project "A Time Out of War." Denis and his brother Terry Sanders collaborated on the script for the 1958 movie adaptation of Norman Mailer's novel "The Naked and the Dead." In 1969 Sanders won a second Oscar for the documentary "Czechoslovakia 1968." In addition, Denis directed a handful of fictional features. George Hamilton made his first credited appearance in "Crime and Punishment, U.S.A. Read more... "powerful anti-war knockout "War Hunt" boasted the acting debuts of future stars Robert Redford and Tom Skerritt. Sanders' other motion picture directorial credits include the unjustly neglected drama "Shock Treatment," the nifty rock concert documentaries "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" and "Soul to Soul," and the gloriously sexy and outrageous 70s drive-in exploitation cult favorite "Invasion of the Bee Girls." Moreover, Denis also directed episodes of the TV shows "Naked City," "The Defenders," "The Great Adventure," "Route 66," and "Mannix." Outside of his movie and television work, Sanders was also a professor at San Diego State University (he started teaching at this University in 1980). Denis had three children: son Peter and daughters Julie and Victoria. Denis Sanders died at age 58 from a heart attack at his home in San Diego, California on December 10, 1987.