Born and raised in New York City, LISANNE SKYLER is an award-winning screenwriter/director of  critically acclaimed documentary, feature, branded and short films for HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, and broadcasters and streaming platforms all over the world. Exploring complex social issues through a personal lens, Skyler's films have been invited to the New York Film Festival, Sundance, AFI Fest, South x Southwest, AFI Docs, and the Venice Film Festival.

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Recent work includes the Oscar-Shortlisted HBO Documentary Film BRILLO BOX (3¢ off), currently streaming on HBO/HBO MAX and  on international platforms around the world.


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

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Q & A for BRILLO BOX at The 54th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, New York

filming NO LOANS TODAY (1995 Sundance Film Festival) in South Central LA

As a screenwriter, Skyler has written original and literary adaptations for international producers ranging from Mike Figgis to Ramfis Myrthil. She has served on the Programming Committee for Sundance and juries and committees for AFI, Aspen Film Fest among others.


Skyler currently serves on the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television, a top-ranked film school on The Wrap's Top 50 Film Schools, and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Loft Cinema, a Sundance Art House Cinema in Tucson, Arizona.