Monday, October 03, 2005

Tucson: Free Screening with Director Lisanne Skyler In Person at The Loft

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UA faculty member presents her award winning feature film at The Loft Cinema


The Loft Cinema and The Hanson Film Institute present the Tucson Premiere of GETTING TO KNOW YOU, with Director and Department of Media Arts Assistant Professor Lisanne Skyler in person Wednesday, October 5, at 7pm at The Loft Cinema.


The director will answer audience questions at a reception following the screening, both free and open to the public.


The talk of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and 1999 Venice Film Festival, Lisanne's critically acclaimed feature film "GETTING TO KNOW YOU" tells the story of a chance meeting between two teenagers in an upstate New York bus station. Adapted from three short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, the film stars Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Princess Diaries), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers, Broadway's Sweet Charity), and Zach Braff (Garden State, SCRUBS).  In its limited theatrical release, the film garnered "Two thumbs up"  from Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, and raves from critics across the country. This is the film's first public screening in Tucson.


Lisanne's documentary films include the award-winning short OLDTIMERS (1993), a black-and-white portrayal of the regulars of a San Francisco Irish bar; the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry NO LOANS TODAY, about a black-owned pawnshop in post-riot South Central Los Angeles; and DREAMLAND, a portrayal of the struggle of compulsive gamblers living in Las Vegas. Both NO LOANS TODAY and DREAMLAND were broadcast on POV, PBS's independent documentary film series.


Lisanne Skyler recently joined the University of Arizona to teach independent film directing and production at the Department of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts.  Lisanne is mentoring final year production students working through their senior thesis film projects, of which there are twelve projects going into production that will screen in May 2006.


She holds a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, and an M.A. in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University.  Lisanne is currently developing a new film adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates novel.


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