In an effort to promote filmmakers living and working in Arizona, No Festival Required and Movies at the Museum presents Dreamland, a documentary directed by University of Arizona film teacher Lisanne Skyler.
The film will be shown for free on Sunday, April 26 at 1pm at the Whiteman Hall in the Phoenix Art Museum located at 1625 N. Central Ave.
Dreamland takes a sharp but disarming approach in examining the romance of gambling, and reveals the decidedly unromantic reality. Following several full-time residents of Las Vegas over a two-year period, Dreamland shows the cityscape beyond the grandiose casino-hotels on the strip. It is a world of smaller, dingy gambling halls and countless gambling arcades that survive throughout Las Vegas. Among the locals that patronize these casinos, many struggle daily with compulsion and self-impoverishment while walking the tenuous line between dreams and denial.
Lisanne Skyler is a writer and director of both fiction and nonfiction films. Lisanne’s debut feature film Getting to Know You, an adaptation of three short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, co-written with her sister Tristine, played in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition and opened the 1999 Venice Film Festival Critics Week. Lisanne recently relocated from Los Angeles to Tucson to teach filmmaking at the University of Arizona. She will attend the screening and do a Q and A following the presentation.