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LISANNE SKYLER is an award-winning screenwriter/director of critically acclaimed documentary, feature, branded and short films for HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel and international platforms all over the world. Exploring complex social issues through a personal lens, her films have been selected for prestigious film festivals including New York Film Festival, Sundance, AFI Fest, South x Southwest, AFI Docs, and the Venice Film Festival.


Skyler wrote and directed the Oscar-Shortlisted and global hit HBO Documentary Film BRILLO BOX (3¢ off), currently streaming on HBO/HBO MAX and throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the Middle East. In 2021, her historic South Central Los Angeles documentary NO LOANS TODAY (Sundance FIlm Festival) was acquired by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.


For her dramatic short CAPTURE THE FLAG Skyler received the SHOWTIME/TONY COX AWARD for BEST SHORT at the Nantucket Film Festival. For writing/directing the feature GETTING TO KNOW YOU, based on stories by iconic author Joyce Carol Oates, she received a FIPRESCI SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the Stockholm International Film Festival and an INDEPENDENT SPIRIT "SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD" NOMINATION.

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New York premiere of
at Christie's, Rockefeller Centre 

(photo courtesy of Getty)

Filming THIS SIDE OF MIDNIGHT with Darious Britt (photo courtesy of Julius Schlosburg)

As a screenwriter, Skyler has written original and literary adaptations for international producers ranging from Mike Figgis to Ramfis Myrthil. She has worked in programming for Sundance and served on juries and selection committees for AFI, Aspen Film Fest, Provincetown and Film Independent, among others.


Born and raised in New York City, Skyler currently teaches film screenwriting and directing at the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television and is in post on the feature THIS SIDE OF MIDNIGHT. Skyler is represented by Matt DiPaolo, Zero Gravity Management.

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Filming NO LOANS TODAY (1995 Sundance Film Festival) with DP Federico Salsano and lead subject Art Armstrong in South Central LA

New York Film Festival screening of BRILLO BOX at Lincoln Center


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