Current Projects

Wilfred Buck

Stills from Wilfred Buck. Door Number 3 Productions Inc.
Hybrid Documentary Feature

Synopsis

Seamlessly moving between earth and stars, past and present, Wilfred Buck is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to one man’s life to tell a story that spans generations. Our guide is the charismatic and irreverent Wilfred Buck, a Cree elder and ceremonial leader who came to his calling through a harrowing history of displacement, racism, and addiction in 1960s Canada. Adapted from his memoir, and blending verité, archive and stylized re-enactments, the film charts colonization’s attempts to extinguish Indigenous ways of knowing – and what it means to reconnect with and regain ancient teachings that are as relevant today as ever.

A Door Number 3 Productions film in coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada. In association with Clique Pictures. Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates. Produced in association with Crave. Produced with the participation of Rogers Documentary Fund and the Indigenous Screen Office. Produced in association with JustFilms / Ford Foundation and APTN. Produced with support from Sandbox Films and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

World Premiere – CPH:DOX in the DOX:AWARD International Main Competition

Winner of 2021 Hot Docs Forum Best Canadian Pitch Prize

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Credits

Writer / Director
Lisa Jackson

Producers
Lisa Jackson
Lauren Grant
Alicia Smith (NFB)

Executive Producers
Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
David Christensen

Associate Producer
Brittany Ryan

Drama Cinematography
Justin Black

Documentary Cinematography
aAron Munson
Nick de Pencier CSC
John Price

Editor
David Schmidt

Co-Editors
Eui Yong Zong
Matthew Lyon

I Pity the Country

I Pity the Country. Door Number 3 Productions Inc.
SHORT FILM

Synopsis

I Pity the Country is an urgent and joyful remix sparked by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s release of her 2021 album Theory of Ice, which features a powerful rendition of Willie Dunn’s classic song. Mi’kmaq/Scottish filmmaker and singer-songwriter Dunn was part of the National Film Board’s groundbreaking Indian Film Crew. His 1968 debut film The Ballad of Crowfoot was the institution’s first Indigenous-directed film and is considered to be Canada’s first music video. McNally and Jackson pay homage to Dunn’s technique of using archival images, updating it by juxtaposing archival footage with contemporary footage from celebrated Indigenous filmmakers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Helen Haig-Brown, Caroline Monnet, and Caleb Ellison-Dysart.

Credits

Co-Directed by
Lisa Jackson
Conor McNally

Edited by
Conor McNally

Produced by
Lisa Jackson
Jon Montes

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Hot Docs Citizen Minutes S1

Photo: Paul Galipeau
Short Documentaries

Synopsis

In 2021, eight filmmaking teams from across Canada were selected to create short films about bold and unlikely changemakers who inspire us to jump in and get involved in civic issues close to our homes and hearts. Series 1 was produced by Lisa Jackson (Door Number 3 Productions) and Lauren Grant (Clique Pictures).

 

Learn more at Hot Docs

Credits

Producers
Lisa Jackson
Lauren Grant

Filmmakers
Aisha Fairclough
Simon Madore & Gabriel Tougas
Rachel Garrick
Teresa Alfeld
Roble Issa & Zach Jama
Carmen Pollard
Kimberley Ann Surin & Aïcha Morin-Baldé
Javier Lovera

Transmissions Installation

Multimedia Installation (Touring)

Transmissions Expanded is an online portal to educational materials related to the Transmissions art installation.

Synopsis

Transmissions is a three-part, 6000-square-foot immersive installation that extends Lisa’s investigation into the connections between land, language, and people, most recently with her virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light.

Projections, sculpture, audio and film combine to create urban and natural landscapes that are eerie and beautiful and open up the complexity of thought systems embedded in Indigenous languages. Transmissions invites us to untether from our day-to-day world and imagine a possible future.

Premiered Vancouver, in September 2019 at the Milton Wong Theatre. 

Unearthed, a film component from the installation, was featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Nuit Blanche 2019. Now Magazine: 10 must-see shows at Nuit Blanche 2019

Part II previewed at imagineNATIVE 2017, where Unearthed was filmed in front of a live audience with improvised soundscape by Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon. 

Credits

Artist Lisa Jackson
Producers Lori Lozinski, Clayton Baraniuk
Creative Director Alan Storey
Part 3 Landscapes Kelly Richardson
Cinematography Bob Aschmann, Lindsay George
Music Laura Ortman, Raven Chacon, Tosca Teran
Sound Design Shawn Cole
Editing / VFX Chroma Post
Feature Performer Jeneen Frei Njootli

Created with the support of Electric Company Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Violator Films, Moving Images Distribution and Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Grant.

 

Press

“Jackson wants to unsettle us with her immersive imagery and soundscapes. The beauty of Biidaaban and now its ‘sister project’ Transmissions is that they can be interpreted in so many ways. As a sheer sensory experience, they are beautiful, haunting works.”
– The Georgia Straight

“Transmissions gets inside of you, as much as you are inside of it… her work is imbued with a febrile brand of hope.”
The Tyee

“Transmissions weaves together an incredible number of themes and disciplines to look more closely at issues relating to climate change, Indigenous languages and linguistics, forest biology, urban development, Indigenous theory, and environmentalism. Transmissions activates curiosity and invites the viewer to look further and more deeply at the multitude of meanings that exist between us.”
BC Studies

Transmissions Expanded

Online Portal | Website

Transmissions Expanded is an online portal to educational materials related to the Transmissions art installation.

Synopsis

Transmissions Expanded is an online portal to educational materials related to Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions art installation: an opportunity to dig deeper into the languages, the revitalization efforts and the cross-disciplinary thinking that animates the artwork.

Credits

Creators Lisa Jackson, in collaboration with Dr. Kate Hennessy
and Dr. Karrmen Crey at Simon Fraser University
Producers Lisa Jackson, Lori Lozinski
Website Design RXVP, Jay Tseng
Trailer Editing Lucius Dechausay

Created with the support of Simon Fraser University’s Aboriginal Strategic Initiative; the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology; and McMaster University’s Socrates Project.