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My Favorite Things: Liliana Greenfield Sanders

My Favorite Things: Liliana Greenfield Sanders

Artsy natures run deep in the family of young filmmaker Liliana Greenfield Sanders, 29. Grandfather is the painter Joop Sanders—founding member of the American Abstract Expressionists; her uncle is the sculptor John Sanders; her father is the famed photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and her sister is the painter Isca Greenfield-Sanders. Liliana has garnered quite a creative reputation of her own, however, with short films like Ghosts of Grey Gardens, Anna and Adelaide and soon, her first full-length feature project. The East Village born and raised filmmaker shares her favorite things with The Fine Art of Family.

Item I own that gets better with age: John Sanders' copper and bronze sculpture. The metal changes and just becomes more and more beautiful over time.

Best vintage buy on eBay:
An old Felix the Cat clock for my nephew Hudson

My secret to looking timeless: Wearing a lot of black

Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: I have an old touristy sweatshirt that I bought when I was visiting Beijing in 1997. It says "I climbed the Great Wall of China". I wear it constantly.

Trend I hope becomes classic: Motorcycle boots

Place I love to visit that’s rich in history:
Anywhere in Italy

Book I have read more than once: The Brothers Karamazov

Fave old-school song on my iPod: "Over You" by the Velvet Underground

Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: Pine needles. Which is weird because I really hated camp.

Film that I can watch over and over again: Happiness by Todd Solondz

Favorite bedtime story as a kid: My dad used to make them up and the characters always slightly resembled my sister and me, but we'd be dogs or horses or our names would be different. I loved that.

Favorite family recipe: My mom's polenta stuffing and my dad's cornmeal pancakes

Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Russ and Daughter's on Houston Street. I'm obsessed with their Scottish Salmon and their chicken liver.

How I like to keep in touch: I'm a bit ashamed to admit it, but I like texting. It's just fun to come up with more concise, clever ways to say things.

Best advice I’ve ever received: "Everything in moderation, including moderation"

Unofficial home away from home: My sister's apartment. We live in the same building and I like to drop in unexpectedly to eat with my two nephews.

What I’m currently coveting: Overpriced, oversized, thick cashmere sweaters.

I couldn’t live without: My family, which includes some of my friends

Image: Color Banding (Soccer) by Isca Greenfield Sanders