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Wilfred Buck

Door Number 3 Productions Inc.
Hybrid Documentary Feature

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Synopsis

He’s from the “fresh-out-of-the-bush, partly civilized, colonized, displaced people,” and he’s here to take us to the stars. Lisa Jackson’s portrait of Cree Elder Wilfred Buck moves between earth and sky, past and present, bringing to life ancient teachings of Indigenous astronomy and cosmology to tell a story that spans generations. Adapted from Buck’s rollicking memoir I Have Lived Four Lives, the film weaves together stories from his life, including his harrowing young years of displacement and addiction. Seamlessly fusing present-day scenes with cinematic re-enactments and archival footage, this intimate yet expansive documentary takes us on an inspiring journey to the space beyond, and to the spaces between us all. 

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.

Select Press

Variety – ‘Wilfred Buck,’ About Indigenous Star Lore Expert, Is a Feel-Good Story, Director Lisa Jackson Says
“Western science is excellent at breaking things down into the tiniest parts, and Indigenous knowledge is really expert in seeing how the parts fit together as a whole, understanding that relationship, and where we, as humans, fit into the big picture.” 

Canadian Press – Radheyan Simonpillai
“Wilfred Buck documentary explores the journey and wisdom of Indigenous ’star guy’.”
Globe & Mail, Winnipeg Free Press and others

Denmark’s main paper Politiken (5 out of 6 stars) – Lucia Odoom, translated | CPH:DOX
“The film is a long poem that reminds me of the James Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’, which is just as good a text as it is a good film.”

CBC Arts – Lucius Dechausay | Hot Docs 10 Must See Films
“Anishinaabe writer-director Lisa Jackson has made a documentary that lives and breathes.”  
“This doc is a wild and thoughtful ride that shows the knowledge of our ancestors will never be lost as long as we are looking in the right places.”

Variety – Lise Pedersen | Widening the Scope of Science Docs at CPH:DOX: Storytelling That Delivers More Questions Than Answers
“What we’re trying to do is get away from that and tell science stories that ask more questions than they give answers. This includes redefining who gets to be called a scientist in our films,” said Harrop, citing as an example Sandbox co-production “Wilfred Buck,” which had its world premiere at CPH:DOX and tells the story of an Indigenous star scientist who provides a non-Western view of astronomy.

STIR – Jessica Werb
“Wilfred Buck, the titular character of Anishinaabe writer-director Lisa Jackson’s hybrid documentary, has a habit of dropping nuggets of wisdom with disarming nonchalance.”

POV Mag – Marc Glassman | Hot Docs
“Jackson’s profile of star gazer and brilliant speaker Wilfred Buck is an engaging, startling piece…”

VarietyHow Canadian Filmmaker Lisa Jackson Plans to Weave Wilfred Buck’s Wild Ride ‘From the Gutter to the Stars’ With Indigenous Astronomy Lore
“Jackson says of his autobiography, “From the first page, that was the clincher for me. The voice that he wrote in reminded me of Jack Kerouac, or the Beat poets.”

Hollywood North Magazine – A New Look at the Cosmos with WILFRED BUCK | 8.5/10 rating
“[A]stonishingly well-crafted period recreations.”
“Exquisitely shot on 16mm film stock, the material blends so seamlessly with surrounding historical stock footage that you could almost swear someone actually traveled back in time to follow Buck with a camera in the 70s!”
“Lisa Jackson’s doc earns its place as a bright star in the reconciliation starscape.”

The Gate Blog
“Wilfred Buck is effortlessly inspirational.”
“Buck has found his place in the world after a lifetime of searching, and his story is enough to make anyone else believe that they might be able to find their same niche, too.”

What She Said Blog
“[A] remarkable portrait of a one-of-a-kind teacher.”

Festivals

Top 5 Audience Picks

Hot Docs 2024

Special Mention, Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director

DOXA Film Festival

Opening Night

Yorkton Film Festival

World Premiere

CPH:DOX in the DOX:AWARD International Main Competition

Winner

2021 Hot Docs Forum Best Canadian Pitch Prize

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.

Press

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.