Lichen takes a deep dive into lichen, a species that confounds scientists to this day. Ancient and diverse, both an individual and a community, lichens can live in the most extreme environments, including outer space. This film takes a closer look at this remarkable life form and asks what we might learn from it.
Lisa Jackson’s award-winning film work often crosses genres and includes documentary, animation, virtual reality, and a musical. She frequently tackles challenging subjects with poetry and even humour, and aims to shift tired frameworks to reveal something fresh, visceral and worthwhile. Her work has screened at festivals internationally and on many TV networks in Canada and has garnered her a Genie award. She works in fiction and documentary and her current projects include a one-hour documentary for CBC, a large-scale media installation, a VR piece, and Lichen for the XL-Outer Worlds Project.