Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the
sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is
Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.
Creative Director and Story Creator
Anishinaabe director Lisa Jackson’s award-winning fiction and documentary films have screened widely at festivals such as Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW and London BFI. Her work has also aired on many networks in Canada and earned her a Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar®). Lisa’s upcoming projects include an IMAX film and more traditional film and TV work.
3D Artist and Environment Design
Mathew Borrett creates rich environments using digital and traditional media. His work can be seen on film and TV, and recently in virtual reality experiences as well. Mathew’s home city of Toronto often serves as the inspiration for his work.
Designer and Developer
Jam3 is a design and experience agency known for smart, innovative and inspired work. They work closely with their clients to first understand their problems and then solve them in creative ways. From their offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and Montevideo, they team up with forward-thinking brands from around the world.
Produced by National Film Board of Canada
Creative Director and Story by Lisa Jackson ■ 3D Artist and Environment Design Mathew Borrett ■ VR Designer and Developer Jam3 ■ Soundscape Design by Fader Master Sound Studios ■ Thanksgiving Address adapted by Jeremy Green ■ Thanksgiving Address spoken by Jeremy Green, Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow, Tehanenhrakhas Green Tehahenteh ■ “Nayendamowin Mitigwaaking” by Margaret Ann Noodin ■ Spoken by Gabe Desrosiers ■ Wendat spoken by Andrée Levesque ■ Wendat Translation Craig Kopris ■ Digging Woman Jeneen Frei Njootli ■ Digging Woman Shoot Director of Photography Vince Arvidson ■ AC/DIT Paul Dombrovskis, Gaffer Scot Proudfoot, Grip Mike Southworth ■ Set Designer Angelyne Martin ■ Assistants Set Decorator Matthew Campbell, Cam Ziegler, Brett Lennan ■ Makeup/Hair/Wardrobe Min-Jee Mowat ■ Colourist David Tomiak ■ Online Editor Ryan Mance ■ Jam3 Executive Creative Director Pablo Vio ■ Creative Director Dirk Van Ginkel ■ Associate Creative Director Vinicius Araujo ■ Executive Producer Media Ridha ■ Producer Jason Legge ■ Technical Directors Peter Altamirano ■ Production Coordinator Erin Ray ■ Motion Artists Cyrill Durigon, John Flores ■ Designer Mike Lamont ■ Technical Artists Shaun Larkin ■ Game Developers Michael Phan, Luis Guajardo Diaz, Reuben Pereira ■ Animation Juan Manuel Codó ■ National Film Board of Canada ■ Producers Dana Dansereau & Rob McLaughlin ■ Executive Producer Rob McLaughlin ■ Executive Director Loc Dao ■ Creative Technologist Vincent McCurley ■ Project Manager Camille Fillion ■ Studio Administrator Carla Jones ■ Production Coordinator Jasmine Pullukatt ■ Director of Production and Operations Janine Steele ■ Marketing Manager Tammy Peddle ■ Marketing Coordinator Stéphanie Quevillon