Lisa Jackson

With a background in documentary, Lisa Jackson expanded into fiction with SAVAGE, which won a Genie award for Best Short Film. She is known for her cross-genre projects including VR, animation, performance art film and a musical. Playback Magazine named her one of 10 to Watch and her work has played at festivals internationally, including Berlinale, Hot Docs, SXSW, Tribeca, and London BFI, as well as airing on many networks in Canada.

Her award-winning VR work BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT premiered at Tribeca, won a Canadian Screen Award (Canada's Oscar), is nominated for a Webby, and has garnered high praise from press and the public. She is at work on TRANSMISSIONS, a large-scale immersive installation on the power of Indigenous languages, and her IMAX short film LICHEN premieres in April 2018 as part of Outer Worlds, a commission project featuring the work of five artists, including Michael Snow. She is also developing more traditional broadcast and film work. In 2016, she directed the 360-degree film HIGHWAY OF TEARS for CBC Radio's The Current and in 2017 she co-directed (with Shane Belcourt) the CBC one-hour doc INDICTMENT: THE CRIMES OF SHELLY CHARTIER which won Best Doc at imagineNATIVE. She field directed 21 drama segments for the 8-part APTN/ZDF docudrama series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on the best-selling book by Charles C. Mann and also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

She was Director of the Gladue Video Project with Osgoode Hall Law School, programming consultant for Hotdocs, sits on the NFB's Indigenous Advisory Committee, and has been the Director Mentor for the National Screen Institute's IndigiDocs Program. She is Anishinaabe, has a BFA in Film Production from SFU, an MFA from York University, and is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab, TIFF Talent Lab, and IDFA Doc Summer School. She works in both fiction and documentary.