Born and raised in New York City, LISANNE SKYLER is an award-winning writer and director of  critically acclaimed documentary, feature, branded and short form films for HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, and broadcasters and streaming platforms all over the world. Her Oscar-Shortlisted HBO Documentary Film BRILLO BOX (3¢ off), was an official selection of the 54th New York Film Festival and  now streams on HBO and  international platforms.

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


Exploring complex social issues, such as racism and economic injustice in her South Central LA documentary NO LOANS TODAY, Skyler's films have earned official selections at Sundance, AFI Fest, South x Southwest, AFI Docs, Provincetown International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. She received the SHOWTIME/TONY COX AWARD for BEST SHORT at the Nantucket Film Festival for her period drama CAPTURE THE FLAG, 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.  


Skyler has served on the Programming Committee for Sundance and juries and committees for AFI, Aspen Film Fest among others. She works on the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television, a top-ranked film school by The Wrap, and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Loft Cinema, a Sundance Art House Cinema in Tucson, Arizona.

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