Current Projects

Wilfred Buck

Hybrid feature film

Synopsis

Wilfred Buck centres on a Cree elder who’s been called the Indiana Jones of Indigenous star knowledge. Weaving together his harrowing past and his present life with sky stories, we move between the gutter and the stars to explore colonization’s impact on Indigenous ways of knowing. 

Recipient of Sundance Sandbox funding

Credits

Writer / Director Lisa Jackson
Producers Lisa Jackson, Alicia Smith
Executive Producers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, David Christensen

Ojiibikaan

Feature Documentary

Synopsis

In an age of environmental and health crises, can the resurgence of Indigenous food and medicine knowledge be the healing we need? Ojiibikaan is a documentary film about a worldview, told through the relationships three Anishinaabe changemakers have with their traditional food and medicine, and how these relationships are reshaping their lives and the health of their communities. Against the backdrop of historical trauma and some of the harshest health outcomes in North America, Ojiibikaan invites us into this Indigenous worldview: where the land and the people are good medicine for one another.

Best Canadian Pitch, Hot Docs 2020

Recipient of Hot Docs Cross Currents and Nia Tero funding

Credits

Writers / Directors Rémy Huberdeau, Sean Stiller
Cinematographer Sean Stiller
Producers Lisa Jackson, Lauren Grant, Lea Marin
Executive Producer Anita Lee

Mush Hole

Feature Animation for Adults

Synopsis

Based on true events in the 1940s, Mush Hole follows two sisters who must adapt to residential school and are torn apart when one becomes a model student and the other a rebel. A mass runaway in the dead of winter brings events to a head and the sisters realize that only by helping each other will they escape. 

Funding: Telefilm and Harold Greenberg 

Part of TIFF Writers Studio 2020

Credits

Writer / Director Lisa Jackson
Producers Lauren Grant, Lisa Jackson

Transmissions

Multimedia Installation | Touring

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