Associate Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television
Marshall Bldg, Room 224
B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley; M.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University
Lisanne Skyler is the writer/director of the HBO Documentary Film BRILLO BOX (3 ¢ OFF) following an iconic Andy Warhol sculpture as it makes its way from her own family's living roomto a Christie's auction. BRILLO BOX (3 ¢ OFF), an official section of the 54th New York Film Festival, debuts on HBO August 7 2017.
In fiction, Skyler wrote and directed the feature film GETTING TO KNOW YOU (1999), adapted from three short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. The film premiered in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. GETTING TO KNOW YOU was chosen as the opening film for the Venice Film Festival Critics Week, received a FIPRESCI Award at the Stockholm Film Festival, and an"Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award" nomination for Skyler, "Two Thumbs Up" from Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, and inclusion in The Village Voice and LA Weekly "Best of 2000" lists. The film was broadcast on Sundance Channel and theatrically released in Italy.
Skyler's 2010 short fiction film CAPTURE THE FLAG, starring Scott Cohen, Jane Stiles, Will Denton Emmy Clarke and Lola Kirke in her first film role, screened in the Aspen Shortsfest International Competition, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the Nantucket Film Festival, receiving the Showtime Tony Cox Award.
Skyler's nonfiction films include OLDTIMERS (1993 Cinema du Reel, Paris, San Francisco International Film Festival Special Jury Prize); the South Central Los Angeles documentary NO LOANS TODAY (1995 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition); and DREAMLAND (2000). NO LOANS TODAY and DREAMLAND were both broadcast nationally on PBS's POV/The American Documentary series. In 2013, NO LOANS TODAY was released digitally through Sundance Institute's Artist Services program, inspiring Skyler's TEDX talk on making films for the digital age.
Skyler has served on selection committees and juries for Sundance Film Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival and AFI Fest, has appeared on KCRW's "The Treatment" hosted by critic Elvis Mitchell, and has been profiled on the PBS series INDEPENDENT VIEW. She was recently commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to write and direct the short film A FEW THINGS ABOUT ROBERT IRWIN for the 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala, co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio.
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