Filmmaker Lisa Jackson (Ojibwe) received the 2011 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for her film Savage. Jackson is one of seven innovative indigenous filmmakers who participated in the Embargo Collective, a project launched in 2008 by imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. The individual works produced, including Savage, premiered at imagineNATIVE in 2009, and were selected for screening in the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival. Savage has screened at other film festivals and was awarded a Yorkton Golden Sheaf for Best Multicultural Film. In 2010 it won two Leo Awards in the short drama category, given for excellence in British Columbia film and television, one to Skeena Reece for best actress and the other for best editing.
Jackson participated in the Canadian Film Centre’s 2010 Directors’ Lab to develop her first feature project, Mush Hole (working title), with additional support from NSI-Telefilm’s ‘Featuring Aboriginal Stories’ Program. Jackson has recently worked with special projects featuring the production of short films by First Nations filmmakers, including the National Film Board’s Vistas series, screened as part of the public presentations of the Canadian Olympics in Vancouver, and Knowledge Network’s Our First Voices television series on indigenous languages in British Columbia.
Jackson’s 2007 award-winning documentary Reservation Soldiers, on the relationship between aboriginal youth and the Canadian military, aired on CTV's W5 Presents, the most-watched current affairs show in Canada. Her first short film, Suckerfish (2004), an experimental documentary about her relationship with her mother, screened at over fifty festivals and was broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC. Both films were also shown on in Canada on APTN and the Knowledge Network.
Jackson received the Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist in 2005 and the imagineNATIVE Alliance Atlantis Mentorship Award in 2004. She has taught in the National Film Board of Canada’s Our World initiative which trains aboriginal youth in digital storytelling using their traditional languages. Jackson, who grew up in Toronto and Vancouver, has a BFA in film production from Simon Fraser University and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
"Film is a way to explore ideas and questions I'm still figuring out. And so it's often an intimidating thing working on a project—trying to find a form and visual language to express something you're groping towards. But film can be beautiful, and people—whether real-life or well-drawn fiction characters—are fascinating, and it's so damn challenging that it keeps life interesting."
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