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Lisanne Skyler is the award-winning writer/director of numerous documentary, fiction and short films, including the Oscar-Shortlisted HBO Documentary Film BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF), the South Central LA documentary NO LOANS TODAY (1995 Sundance Film Festival) and the critically acclaimed feature GETTING TO KNOW YOU (1999 Sundance Film Festival, 1999 Venice Film Festival).

BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF), an official selection of the 54th New York Film Festival, debuted on HBO in August 2017, and is now streaming on all HBO platforms. Skyler's previous documentaries include DREAMLAND (2000) which broadcast on PBS's national documentary series "P.O.V."and OLDTIMERS (1993 Cinema du Réel Film Festival, Paris, SxSW Film Fedst).

After working as a screenwriter on assignment, in 2010, Skyler returned to directing with the coming of age film CAPTURE THE FLAG, starring Scott Cohen, Jane Stiles and Lola Kirke. The film screened at such festivals as Aspen Internatonal Shortsfest, Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Nantucket Film Festival, where it received the SHOWTIME TONY COX AWARD.


In 2016, Skyler was selected to write and direct A FEW THINGS ABOUT ROBERT IRWIN with producer Erin Wright for the LACMA ART + FILM GALA, honoring director Kathryn Bigelow and artist Robert Irwin, and co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow.


A graduate of UC Berkeley, Skyler is Distinguished Alumni of the San Francisco State University Cinema Department,  the recipient of a FIPRESCI AWARD (Stockholm Film Festival), and a FILM INDEPENDENT "SOMEONE TO WATCH" SPIRIT AWARD nomination. Skyler is a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television.

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    OFFICIAL SELECTION 2016 - 2017    

The 54th New York Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Provincetown International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Aspen International Shortsfest, Traverse City FIlm Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Loft Film Fest


"Short documentaries can be a kind of nonfiction poetry. Images, editing, and sound are sometimes as important as verbal cues and exposition. Such is the case in Lisanne Skyler’s A Few Things About Robert Irwin...”                                                                                        

                                                                                          Peter Keogh, THE BOSTON GLOBE 


    OFFICIAL SELECTION 2017-2018    

Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI DOCS, Provincetown International Film Festival, Napa Valley FIlm Festival, Florida Film Festival, Boston Globe Docs, St. Louis International Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, The Loft Fest

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branded/5 minute doc-fiction hybrid film for the Arizona Department of Child Safety (2018)



2010 short fiction film starring Jane Stiles, Scott Cohen, WIll Denton, Emmy Clarke and Lola Kirke

“...over the course of just a few minutes...Skyler effortlessly (or seemingly effortlessly) maps out a whole emotional landscape, delineates character relationships and captures the pain and confusion of adolescence.”                                   

                                                                        Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

  OFFICIAL SELECTION 2010 - 2011   

Aspen International Shortsfest, Nantucket Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival , Cinequest Film Festival






“Bleak and unsettling but compulsively watchable, Lisanne Skyler's Sundance competition drama "Getting to Know You" marks her as a dynamic young talent."  


                                                                        Patrick McGavin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


"…in its own smart and honest way, this movie provides more surprises and real drama than almost any of the big-time films we’ve seen this summer…Two thumbs up!”

                                              Roger Ebert & Richard Roeper, ROGER EBERT AT THE MOVIES

“Entrancing! Conjures an alluring spell of mistrust and hope...” 

                                                                                        Elvis Mitchell, THE NEW YORK TIMES


 scenes from the feature GETTING TO KNOW YOU starring Heather Matarazzo, Zach Braff, Michael Weston

       OFFICIAL SELECTION 1999       

Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Oslo Film Festival, Rencontres de Cinéma International, Paris, Vancouver International Film Festival, Philadelphia  Film Festival





scene from NO LOANS TODAY, now streaming on Amazon



"Lisanne Skyler's documentary on South Central Los Angeles clocks in at just under an hour, but the stories it tells  --  by turns devastating and infuriating  --  lingers. Working in a direct cinema style, Skyler manages an anatomy of a neighborhood by way of a pawnshop, finding and listening to voices not generally heard."                                               

                                                                                          Manohla Dargis, LA WEEKLY


"As is Frederick Wiseman, the cinema wonder she is influenced by, Skyler is able to earn the trust of people living in extreme conditions, providing them with a comfort zone to reveal themselves. In South Central LA, where black-owned businesses are waning, she finds people who want to thrive but only find relief through her lens."             

                                                                      Robert Koehler, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

       OFFICIAL SELECTION 1995 - 1996    

Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition), AFI Film Fest,  San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Marseilles Vue sur les Doc Film Festival, Florida Film Festival



"Filmmaker Lisanne Skyler takes a sharp but disarming approach to examining the romance of gambling and the reality behind it..." 

                                    SAN FRANCISCO MONTHLY

"A candid, uncompromising look at compulsive gambling and the effect of neighborhood casinos on Las Vegas. Not since Martin Scorsese's CASINO has the naked truth about Las Vegas been captured so perfectly on screen."   

                                           LAS VEGAS CITY LIFE


    OFFICIAL SELECTION 1993 - 1994   
Cinéma du Réel, Paris,  San Francisco International Film Festival (Special Jury Award), Leipzig  International Documentary Film Festival, SXSW, Kracow International Film Festival



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