With a background in documentary, including acclaimed short SUCKERFISH and RESERVATION SOLDIERS for CTV, Lisa Jackson expanded into fiction with SAVAGE, which won a 2010 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 in 2012 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 VR work BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT, made with the National Film Board and 3D artist Mathew Borrett, premiered at Tribeca in April 2018, is in great demand internationally, and has garnered high praise from press and viewers. She is at work on TRANSMISSIONS, a large-scale immersive audio-visual installation on the power of indigenous languages, as well as LICHEN, a 3D IMAX film as part of the XL Outer Worlds Project. She is also developing more traditional broadcast and film work including an animated feature film and a feature cinematic documentary.
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. She was the Director of the Gladue Video Project with Osgoode Hall Law School, programming consultant and juror for Hotdocs, sits on the NFB's Indigenous Advisory Committee, and is the Director Mentor for the National Screen Institute's IndigiDocs Program. She is Anishinaabe, has a BFA in Film Production from SFU, is completing her MFA at 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.