Liz Skolnick

Age: 19
Sign: Cancer
Hometown: New York City

Why are you in this class?

I like independent films a lot, sort of grew up on them, there were a few indie theaters around and the TriBeCa film festival. I don't know, most of the time they're just better. I also like making short films when I have the ways and means but I work better alone or with one or two other people who want to do the same sort of thing (mostly it's just easier when there's someone else to hold the camera). I took a film course in high school and really enjoyed it too. And I wanted to go to Sundance because I think it'll be tubular.

What does independent film mean to you?

Something usually truer, less contrived, with a different feel. I necessarily think that film should just take you out of yourself like a screwball comedy and make you forget the things that suck. I like a little reflection of the suck sometimes, but independent film isn't just that, it's a more cohesive view of things a lot of the time. I love the awkwardness, the long shots, grainy video etc. I just like that people aren't limited, pushed, bribed, and pigeonholed when actualizing their visions - what you get is something more honest and much more creative. Its art and imagination. Hollywood films are like commissioned art where the dude with the bling bling is constantly looking over your shoulder telling you how to do it. Hollywood : : Independent as Paint-by-numbers : : Dali

Who is your favorite director?

Umm, I can't answer that with one. Jim Jarmusch, Richard Linklater, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Copolla, Roberto Benini, Steven Soderburg, John Cassavetes, Spike Lee

What is your favorite independent film?

Way too many I know I will forget some, Dead Man, Waking Life, Pi, I don't know if Metropolis (original) was independent, I don't think so just thought I'd mention it anyway, Down By Law, Rushmore, Koyaanisqatsi, Clerks, Vanya on 42nd St., Elizabeth, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lick the Star, Donnie Darko but I don't know if it's indie, The Ice Storm, Barton Fink

What do you like in your films?

They don't condescend to their audiences by giving them the same regurgitated plot, theme, progression, characters with a different script like "insert handsome protagonist with lame-but-socially-acceptable quirk here". They don't try to wow and bamboozle with action scene after romance scene after whatever, it's like candy fluff. I like films that engage you and reflect on life and force you to detach from the constant-stimulus thing, but then there are films like Rushmore which are so different from that sort of Jarmusch feel but are just awesome, I don't know it's really quirky and fun and interesting and awesome

If you were to make an independent film, what would it be about?

I dunno, maybe about how the Palm Hammocks are being destroyed at Eckerd. Maybe about my friends. Maybe some guy who is really eccentric and sort of nuts and the govt. keeps pestering him to pay taxes or stay out of some govt. sectioned off area but he doesn't understand why any of that is important. Something like that which alludes to the arbitrariness of stupid laws and govt. policies imposed on people and how they quash creative people, free spirits, and the slightly-crazy but still functional. I would like to make a film about someone who has divorced the social contract and without citizenship, a social security card and all that and has decided that they would rather fend for themselves as their own "nation" than have their freedom taken away for "protection" because homeland security has gotten out of control.

If you had to make an independent film, how would you get the money (be honest)?

Sell crack. just kidding. I dunno, get a job like anyone else has a job, ask family to contribute, and anyone else who was involved in the film. Have a yard sale, an auction, sell some artwork, furniture.

What is the most exciting thing about going to Sundance?

Seeing the films, I guess I'll know when I find out

What is the longest amount of time you would be willing to wait in line for a film?

2 hrs, but I'm flexible