Lisa Jackson (Canada) 8'
When she was ten, Lisa Jackson fled Toronto to live with relatives
in Vancouver to escape her mother‚s depression, alcoholism and
prescription drug abuse˜legacies of the residential school experience.
Now, sifting through her memories and her mother‚s letters,
she constructs a portrait of a mother whose drive to love her daughter
triumphed over her demons of addiction. Animation, childhood photographs
and stylized recreations add the young child‚s whimsical voice
to this moving, at times humorous, look at the director‚s relationship
to her mother and native identity.
Suckerfish is Lisa Jackson‚s first professional film. It premiered
at 2004 Hot Docs and has screened at over thirty festivals across
Canada and internationally. Lisa spent several years researching and
production coordinating award-winning educational programming for
air on Knowledge Network, and directs and produces curricular video
and multimedia projects. She has a degree in film and history from
Simon Fraser University and has directed numerous short films and
videos. She is currently developing a one hour documentary on aboriginal
languages with the NFB. In addition, she is co-directing the feature-length
documentary Riddle (in development) with cinematographer Bob Aschmann,
as well as working with Screen Siren Pictures on the one hour documentary
Reservation Soldiers (in development).
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