Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson’s award-winning work has screened at SXSW, Berlinale, Hotdocs, Tribeca, BFI London, Melbourne Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and broadcast widely. She’s made works ranging from current affairs to IMAX, animation to VR, and even a residential school musical. In 2021 she received the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Vanguard Award.

Her short Lichen screened at Sundance in 2020 and Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier is one of the top watched documentaries on CBC, won the 2017 imagineNATIVE Best Doc award, and was also co-produced by Lisa.

Her Webby-nominated VR Biidaaban: First Light premiered at Tribeca Storyscapes in 2018, exhibited internationally to 25,000+ people, and won a Canadian Screen Award (Canada’s Oscar), the second time she’s received this honour.

Transmissions, a 6000 square foot immersive multimedia installation and sister project to Biidaaban, premiered in Vancouver in 2019 and was featured on the cover of The Georgia Straight.

Through her company Door Number 3 Productions, she’s at work on hybrid feature Wilfred Buck, awarded the Sundance Sandbox Fund and Best Canadian Pitch at Hot Docs Forum 2021, and Mush Hole is a feature animation for adults based on true events. Supported by Telefilm and Harold Greenberg Fund and part of the 2020 TIFF Writers Studio and ACE Producers Lab, it’s a coming-of-age story for girls in a “prison” (residential school).

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 8 x 1 hour 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 was executive producer on Kristi Lane Sinclair’s 2018 CBC Short Doc Retake, on the making of Haida feature The Edge of the Knife.

Playback Magazine named Lisa one of Ten to Watch and she’s an alumna of the TIFF Talent and Writers Labs, Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab, IDFA Summer School, CFC/NFB/Ford Foundation’s Open Immersion VR Lab, and is a Fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab. She has an MFA from York University (thesis prize) and is Anishinaabe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

See more about her past work at

Artist Code: 2006



2013, 03:30 minutes, colour, English


2009, 06:00 minutes, colour, Cree with English subtitles


2004, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Outer Worlds
by Jesse Cumming. Canadian Art, May 23, 2019.
New Vistas? Aboriginal animations and digital dreams at the...
by Jennifer Gauthier. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 28, no. 4.
Natives bring culture to the city: Aboriginal arts from around the...
by Susan Walker. The Toronto Star, Oct. 20 Fall, 2004.
Toward an Indigenous Feminine Animation Aesthetic: Aboriginal arts...
by Channette Romero. Studies in American Indian Literatures, Spring 1, v. 29. University of Nebraska Press, 1.