FILMS / PRESS
New York premiere at Christie's
photo courtesy of Getty
BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF) (HBO)
now streaming on HBO
"This lighthearted documentary intertwines the legacy of Andy Warhol’s 'Brillo Box' with that of the family that bought one of the iconic sculptures for a meager $1,000. Ms. Skyler offers a personal, and laughable, take on a global phenomenon."
"Skyler deftly weaves together photographs, interviews and observations about legacy and family, which makes her story (which is slightly heartbreaking) all the more poignant."
"...witty and touching...the film offers a pertinent, even poignant, observations about the things we desire and acquire." Steven Winn, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"With a fun, disarming attitude that surely Warhol himself would admire, 'Brillo Box (3¢ off)' has an accessibility that few discussions of fine art ever do.”
CAPTURE THE FLAG (SHORT)
“...over the course of just a few minutes, Skyler effortlessly (or seemingly effortlessly) maps out a whole emotional landscape...
and captures the pain and confusion of adolescence.” Mick LaSalle, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
WINNER of the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Award
GETTING TO KNOW YOU (SUNDANCE CHANNEL)
based on stories from HEAT by Joyce Carol Oates
“Bleak and unsettling but compulsively watchable, Lisanne Skyler's Sundance
competition drama 'Getting to Know You' marks her as a dynamic young talent."
“Entrancing! Conjures an alluring spell of mistrust and hope...”
“A pitch-perfect portrait of adolescence.”
Amy Taubin, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“…the movie holds you in its steadily intensifying grip….elegant, brooding.”
Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
NO LOANS TODAY (PBS)
"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
"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
"Filmmaker Lisanne Skyler takes a sharp but disarming approach to examining the romance of gambling and the reality behind it..."
SAN FRANCISCO MONTHLY
"The film yields great insights into motivations for gambling, coping mechanisms for inevitable losses, and the quest for finding "solutions" for gambling problems [and] puts flesh and bone, muscle and blood on the academic treatments given to this important topic."
JOURNAL OF GAMBLING ISSUES
A FEW THINGS ABOUT ROBERT IRWIN (LACMA ART + FILM)
"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.,' in which she backs the title artist’s monologue with a montage of archival footage and images of the conceptual artwork itself in a way that evokes Irwin’s mercurial methods."
Peter Keogh, THE BOSTON GLOBE
INTERVIEWS / PANELS / TALKS
directing Scott Cohen in CAPTURE THE FLAG (Hamptons International Film Festival)