Lisa Jackson’s work has screened at SXSW, Berlinale, Hotdocs, Tribeca and London BFI, and aired widely on television. Her IMAX-shot short Lichen premiered at Sundance in 2020 and she’s made works ranging from VR to animation to a residential school musical. Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier won the 2017 imagineNATIVE Best Doc award and is one of the top watched docs on CBC.
Her Webby-nominated VR Biidaaban: First Light premiered at Tribeca, exhibited internationally to 25,000+ people, and won a Canadian Screen Award, the second time she’s received this honour. In 2016, she directed the VR Highway of Tears for CBC Radio’s The Current which was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award. In 2015 she was drama director for the APTN/ZDF docudrama series 1491: The Untold Story Of The Americas Before Columbus, based on the bestselling book by Charles C. Mann, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. She’s made more than 20 films, including CTV doc Reservation Soldiers, 1-hour doc How A People Live, and shorts SAVAGE, Suckerfish and Snare.
She recently completed producing Hot Docs Citizen Minutes short docs on civic engagement, and is in development on hybrid feature doc Wilfred Buck, winner of the Hot Docs Forum Best Canadian Pitch prize, and feature animation Mush Hole. See more at doornumber3.ca.
She is mixed Anishinaabe (Aamjiwnaang) and settler descent, earned a BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University, an MFA in Film Production from York University (thesis prize), and lives in Toronto. She’s an alumna of TIFF Talent and Writers Labs, IDFA Summer School, and CFC Directors Lab. She is a well-known advocate for Indigenous screen sovereignty, the Documentary Organization of Canada awarded her their DOC Vanguard Award, Playback Magazine named her one of Ten to Watch, and she sits on the National Film Board’s Indigenous Advisory Council.