Inspiration Board | Karen Skloss

Producer/Director, The Folding Animals

“Since I can remember, I’ve always loved performing and storytelling. I think my eureka moment was a preschool play where I played a Christmas present, wrapped inside of a box with a bow (with arm and leg holes), while singing and dancing,” filmmaker Karen Skloss says. Growing up in Austin, she could often be found writing screenplays and shooting videos starring the neighborhood kids. Her first big break in the film business came after college when she landed an editing gig working with the filmmaker Ellen Spiro. From there, she edited a short documentary for her called Atomic Ed & the Black Hole which won an award at SXSW, screened at the MOMA and was expanded for HBO. Then, it was editing the film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt and she was well on her way. Her career in film, as a visual artist and a musician (Skloss is the drummer in a band called the Panoramas) has all been influenced by Austin. “I feel like Austin has grown up with me. Sometimes I worry that we’re just going to become another Dallas or Houston, but honestly, I think there is something in the water (or maybe it’s the Springs) that won’t ever let that happen,” she says. “The narrative film scene is exploding right now and it’s terribly exciting. It’s a very nurturing community, bursting with talent. People work hard and are truly happy to see each other succeed. And there’s been a lot of success. The music scene is similar.” This spring, Skloss is directing the feature The Honor Farm, a teen thriller set on the prom night that she describes as kind of “Twin Peaks meets Dazed and Confused meets Donnie Darko.” With Skloss involved, it is sure to be delightfully and authentically Austin in every way.

  • Young Whitetail Deer Skulls, Honor Farm movie props
  • Yard Chard
  • A dragonfly I found dying on my back porch when a new friend came to visit. We saw it die together. It was bright blue and green then.
  • A bird's nest from a fallen tree.
  • A soot gremlin toy (character from the Miyazaki films Totoro and Spirited Away)
  • Pyrite, better known as fool's gold
  • Me and my papoose — she's always been able to roll with me and inspires me every day
  • Navajo dolls my dad brought home from a business trip to NM when I was a little girl.
  • Deer sheds
  • A favorite page of Carl Jung's The Red Book
  • Garden flowers
  • Laura's necklace, an Honor Farm movie prop
  • My shaker stick — a large part of my drum sound


Photography by Jessica Pages

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