RYSE Media – dedicated to supporting media projects that supports stories of social justice and diverse voices.
"What started as a wild idea turned into something more dangerous in 'Icarus', a documentary that had the good fortune to be filming when bad news broke."
"'Audrie & Daisy' is emotionally difficult to watch….[Filmmakers] hope it will start a conversation between parents and their kids about drinking, cyberbullying, and consent. And there is plenty more to be said about truth, strength, and standing up for what is right."
"['Step'] is an ebullient chronicle of a Baltimore girls step team's senior year matches a fascinating, worthy subject with unabashedly joyful filmmaking."
"Making a breathtakingly impressive feature-directing debut, documentarian Otto Bell traveled to the far northwest corner of Mongolia to observe Aisholpan not only as she tamed and enlisted the loyalty of an imposing bird of prey but also as she overcame the ingrained sexism of her elders — all while maintaining the same dazzling, serene smile."
RYSE Media is dedicated to funding and producing independent storytelling that is engaging and entertaining with social impact. Led by founder and CEO, Naja Pham Lockwood, the company advocates powerful stories about some of the most challenging social justice issues of our time including human rights, immigration, gender parity, the achievement gap, trauma recovery, healing, systemic racism and racial equality. Additionally, RYSE Media brings the Asian Pacific American viewpoints and stories forth. The company continues to present and support stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences, exposing audiences to the authentic voices and diverse stories of Asian Americans.
Working closely with CAAM (Center for Asian American Media), Impact Partners, renowned filmmakers, journalists and educators, RYSE Media has helped produce impactful documentary films while also venturing into narrative films. In addition to documentaries and narrative films, RYSE Media supports a variety of projects that include television, theatre, education and social programs.
Through storytelling the company hopes audiences will see the world with greater insights, with changing hearts and minds and with inspired empathy and meaningful social action.