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With the success of projects like THE ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE, THALU: DREAMTIME IS NOW and FUTURE DREAMING, WA practitioners are demonstrating their proficiency in new technologies and a keen desire to break free from the traditional storytelling of more traditional documentary practices.

In support of access to these newer technologies, Screenwest is hosting an exclusive session with Indigenous Canadian filmmaker Lisa Jackson on Friday, 8 March from 10:00am – 4:30pm AWST.

Lisa Jackson has dedicated her practice to exploring the way technologies intersect with Indigenous storytelling across both fiction and non-fiction forms.

Her latest project is the internationally-acclaimed interactive room-scale VR work BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last year.

Lisa’s VR project BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT will be on display prior to the course. Dates and information around the viewing times will be released once your attendance has been confirmed.


Apply To Attend

Screenwest encourages all practitioners to apply, particularly Key Creatives who are interested and participating in the VR space.

Places are limited with up to 30 spots available. If you are interested in attending, please email with no more than half a page addressing:

  • What makes you a suitable candidate to attend the course
  • Any of your own projects in this space that you have or would like to pursue, and
  • How this course would benefit your career.

Please also include a current CV (no more than one page).


Applicants will be assessed on:

  1. The potential career benefits to the filmmaker
  2. The quality and audience potential of the project/s submitted (if relevant), and
  3. The filmmaker’s experience to date

Applications close Monday, 18 February 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.


About the Course

Lisa Jackson will be discussing:

  • How to use film creatively to get around stereotypes, connect with an audience – real world issues, novel approach
  • Telling compelling human stories with complexity
  • Her move into 360 video and VR and how VR differentiates from film
  • Breaking down her project HIGHWAY OF TEARS, her craft and story choices, exploring ethical issues of representation
  • Analysing her project BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT exploring:
    • creative choices
    • how to structure story without conventional narrative
    • working with culturally sensitive material (THE MOHAWK THANKSGIVING ADDRESS).
  • Festivals and Audience reach for VR
  • Ethical issues of representation in VR
  • Indigenous representation and “screen sovereignty” – what does control over our stories mean?


More information

For more information about this event, please contact:

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager

T: +61 8 6169 2107

Franziska Wagenfeld, Factual Executive

T: +61 8 6169 2110


About Lisa Jackson

With a background in documentary, 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 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 premiered at Tribeca in 2018, is in demand internationally, and has garnered high praise from press and the public. She is at work on TRANSMISSIONS, a large-scale immersive installation on the power of indigenous languages, as well as LICHEN, a 3D IMAX film. She is also developing more traditional broadcast and film work.

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 Director of the Gladue Video Project with Osgoode Hall Law School, programming consultant for Hotdocs, sits on the NFB’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, and has been the Director Mentor for the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs Program. She is Anishinaabe, has a BFA in Film Production from SFU, an MFA from 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.

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Posted 05 February 2019

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