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Overview (2)

Nickname Lis
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The prolific, funny, and fearless writer/director/producer of feature thriller "The Commune", awarded Best International Picture at Bram Stoker Festival.

Despite the terrible timing of winning "Best Action Screenplay" by Fade In Magazine and "Best Thriller Screenplay" by Creative Screenwriting Magazine days before the 2007 Writers's Strike, Elisabeth's unproduced spaghetti western script "Pistoleras" took the blogosphere by storm and remains her most requested screenplay.

Her forte is thriller/horror and superhero actioners. Fies cites Star Wars and Twin Peaks as influences ingested at a cellular level, and most wishes she had directed "Terminator 2".

Elisabeth's undergraduate UCLA years included interning at Debra Hill Productions and doing stunts as monsters on the The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. With a prestigious grant from Do Something, she created and starred in the indie TV show "Kids Know it All!" After earning her first Masters degree from New School University in Media Studies, she returned to UCLA to study screenwriting in the renowned Professional Program, where co-chair Hal Ackerman declared her a brilliant writer.

Before embarking on her own filmmaking career, Fies was an associate producer on acclaimed no-budget triumph "Conventioneers", a political Romeo & Juliet tale that overcame industry powerhouses "Brick" and "Puffy Chair" to claim the 2006 Independent Spirit Award in the John Cassavettes category.

Lis comes from a family of accomplished artists she refers to as the Tennebaums or "West Coast Sedaris clan." She learned how to read on her cartoonist brother's Avengers comic books. In 2005, Brian Fies won the first digital Eisner Award for Mom's Cancer, an intimate graphic novel starring Elisabeth, sister Brenda, himself, and their deceased mom Barbara.

Fies collaborates with her sister Brenda on film shorts. In 2010, the diabolical Fies Sisters founded BleedFest. The mission grew out of their experience taking The Commune on the festival circuit and finally meeting other women with similar taste. The BleedFest Film Festival has screened over 100 films; celebrated the works of Anna Biller, Stacey Title, and mentor Katt Shea; and presented Partnership Awards to male genre luminaries like Ryan Levin, Lucky McKee and Drew Daywalt who create multidimensional female characters. Many alums state BleedFest has given them more press and opportunities than any other festival.

Lis is an accomplished academic whose published work includes a graduate thesis on Catwoman's feminist influence on twentieth century pop culture. She is the rare auteur who is as comfortable onset as she is in the classrooms of her alma maters New School and UCLA. A founding member of the Scribosphere, Lis is a supportive and accessible mentor to screenwriters and DIY filmmakers and loves speaking on panels. Her work has been extensively profiled everywhere from the L.A. Times, NY Times, Huffington Post, FEARnet to Cinematical.

Voted a top 10 movie reviewer by millions of Netflix subscribers three years running, Lis Fies above all remains passionate about storytelling.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (19)

The inspiration for the character "Kid Sis" in the Eisner and Harvey-winning graphic novel Mom's Cancer by her brother Brian Fies.
Learned how to read on her cartoonist brother's Avengers comic books, and was later made by him into an Eisner-winning comic book character.
Was the first female no-budget filmmaker invited to the Masters of Horror dinners.
Elisabeth's undergraduate UCLA years included interning at Debra Hill Productions and doing stunts on The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Is an ENFP.
Her father owns the New Buffalo commune made famous in Easy Rider.
Worked corporate video where she was the lead project programmer on a DVD series estimated to generate 500 million for the corporation.
Is a godmother of the feminist horror movement.
After earning her first masters degree from New School University in Media Studies, she returned to UCLA to study screen writing in their graduate program.
Was a cheerleader.
Appeared nude in her feature directorial debut because she couldn't pay any other actresses enough to.
Was a film major her freshman year at Pitzer College where she made a dozen super 8mm films, studied shamanism and Maya Deren.
Has written hundreds of monologues for actors and published several books.
Is a collector of comic book art.
Was so afraid of horror movies in her teens that she refused to restock the horror shelves at her video store job.
Mentors include Katt Shea, Steve De Jarnatt, and Suzanne Lyons.
Just missed being voted Most Unique in her high school's Hall of Fame, but joked it was more unique to be the second most unique.
Won fame and scholarships in high school for her scathingly satirical astrology/love advice column.
Hollywood, CA. Producing the anthologies "I Hate L.A." and "I Hate L.A. Too" featuring fresh shorts by genre underground superstars; and is in production on the gender reversal slasher "Psychosexual", a midnight movie breaking the kill record for the most full frontal male nudity. Her blockbuster screenplay "Pistoleras" remains unproduced. [March 2012]

Personal Quotes (5)

Ultimately, "The Commune" is a stepping stone to helming my life mission: "Pistoleras." It has won big screenwriting awards like Creative Screenwriting Expo's best action script, and already has fans, and is anxiously awaited. It's a franchise, it's a video game, and it's a way of life that could help change the world. My team just needs a few more investors and celebrities whose missions align with ours, and then there will be a new sheriff in town to take down the global epidemic of sex slavery.
I adore a smart psychological thriller, but their audiences are sophisticated and too many modern filmmakers are lazy copycats instead of talented mix artists with film knowledge beyond 1995. You have to come up with a new thriller/horror idea that isn't "someone who you think is dead isn't" or "someone is schizophrenic and doesn't know it!"
Ultimately it's a filmmaker's job to be controversial and outspoken and make audiences think. Artists are supposed to be sacred guardians of their society's conscience, and when they aren't, historically, is when a society falls. We're at a point when indie filmmakers have taken over the means of production, but there's little creativity. This golden opportunity is being wasted in timid and soulless material. It's our job to tell original, notorious tales that push film and our audiences forward instead of aping a Hollywood blockbuster or whatever was hip at Sundance last season. With the exception of Crispin Glover, why aren't filmmakers making subversive pieces a la "The Night Porter," "The Magic Christian," "Holy Mountain" or "One Eye"? You're not a cog in the Hollywood wheel, so grow some balls and stop ripping off "Saw." Write and direct something audacious and educated with a point that isn't for a paycheck, and the world will be a better place.
With The Commune my entire goal was to make a movie where a horrific rape happened to a girl we empathized with and cared about, so that instead of taking the violence for granted the audience was impinged. 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime, with a startling number of these rapes committed by relatives. Yet you can't turn on nightly TV without seeing a top-rated procedural show whose bread and butter is making sport of violence against women and desensitizing audiences to the reality of the dangerous world we aren't taking responsibility for.
I'm a thinker, so I ask a lot of tough questions of myself, of others, of life. But "The Commune" isn't about any particular religious practice and I'm not against organized religion. I'm against zealots and hypocrites.

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