Lisanne Skyler, an associate professor at the UA's School of Theatre, Film and Television, premiered her film No Loans Today at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.

The film was also released digitally in the summer of 2013 via the Sundance Institute Artist Services program, and is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other platforms.

The award-winning writer, director and producer's films have covered a variety of subjects from pawnshops to pop art using a range of cinematic styles.

No Loans Today portrays post-riot socio-economic realities of African Americans from South Central, Los Angeles.

The inspiration for the movie, Skyler said, came from the 1992 event itself, and the media coverage that surrounded it.

“There was an opportunity to tell a story about that community from (their) point of view,” Skyler said.

"Having the film on the Internet after nearly 20 years is a mix of things. It is a wonderful thing for a filmmaker to get a story to tell and reach wider audiences," she said. “It (also brings attention) to what happened in Florida with Trayvon Martin. Although the film was covering the early 90s, (those events) are still with us.”

As a filmmaker Skyler has worked in styles ranging from cinéma vérité to narrative fiction. But first and foremost she said she considers herself a storyteller.

“When I am doing fiction I am observing, trying to create some sort of reality,” Skyler said. “If I am doing documentary then I am thinking about how to make that reality compelling. To me those (two) intermingle in an exciting way.”

Independent filmmaking has changed significantly over the last 20 years, she said. These changes are due to more accessible tools, but also the ways that filmmakers are able to tell dramatically compelling social stories.

“When I started making documentary films in the 90s, there were...a few of us," she said. "It wasn’t considered mainstream. Now, with Canon's and DSLR's, you are able to get closer to the cinematic look.”

Skyler’s next project is Brillo Box (3 ¢ off), which follows one of artist Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes as it passes through the hands of a series of collectors and museums. The film will attempt to depict the changes that occur to how we determine the value of things over time.

Growing up surrounded by art work herself, Skyler found an inspiration for the movie within her own family.

Skyler will discuss her latest project at the Museum of Contemporary Arts on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.