a retrospective



JUNE 14  • 7 PM • 62 MIN.




HIFF is pleased to welcome the prolific, award-winning Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson for a retrospective of her work.  Lisa is a filmmaker that constantly challenges herself creatively, intersecting multiple genres that include full-length documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, music videos, musicals, VR, and most recently IMAX.  Our retrospective of Lisa’s short films explore how she skillfully and poignantly captures the complexities of human experience. Through her work we gain insight and inspiration on how creative filmmaking can generate positive change.

Recently, Lisa’s VR work Biidaaban: First Light won the 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Immersive Experience in Fiction. She is also a mentoring director with the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs. Currently Lisa is working on a large scale multimedia installation about the power of language in an indigenous futurist setting.

Lisa will join us for a Q&A following the screening, and a masterclass on Saturday June 15.

Lisa Jackson Retrospective Program

Naked Rusty  • 2000 • 5 mins.

Suckerfish •  2004 • 8 mins.

Intemperance •  2014 • 11 mins.

Restoration •  2016 • 6 mins.

Dust Bowl •  2016 • 4 mins.

Parkdale •  2011 • 15 mins.

The Visit •  2009 • 4 mins.

Savage •  2009 • 6 mins.

Snare •  2013 • 3 mins.




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Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is a cross-genre filmmaker whose works have screened at Hotdocs, Tribeca, SXSW, Berlinale and London BFI, and aired on many networks in Canada. Her work has garnered many awards including a Genie and Canadian Screen Award and Playback Magazine named her one of Ten to Watch. She is Anishinaabe, lives in Toronto, and her recent projects include the internationally acclaimed VR Biidaaban: First Light and the short IMAX 3D film Lichen. Along with a large-scale immersive installation Transmissions, on the power of Indigenous languages, she is also working on more traditional film and TV projects. See more at