Lisa Rideout is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
In 2013, Lisa Rideout established her production company Lifted Eyes Media to focus on telling compelling and cinematic stories about real people. In August 2016, Lisa was hired by the Toronto based production company Caribbean Tales to direct an eight-part documentary series. In April of 2016, Lisa was selected as one of eight participants chosen for the Doc Institute Breakthrough Program, to pitch her feature film Act Three to Canadian broadcasters.
Lisa directed and co-produced the short documentary One Leg In, One Leg Out about a sex worker turned social worker, for CBC’s Short Docs series. Her short documentary Take a Walk on the Wildside was supported by BravoFactual. Take a Walk on the Wildside premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in 2017. It has played at numerous festivals worldwide and was awarded the Grande Prize for Alternative Spirit at the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. Her most recent short documentary, His Nose, Her Eyes, Whose Face?, features three mixed-race women and their families discussing their hybrid identities, raising the question "who gets to decide where you belong?"
From 2013 - 2015, Lisa worked in the production office at the Canadian Film Centre. During her time at the CFC, she helped produce over 150 narrative shorts, becoming intimately familiar with film production.
Lisa received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University in Toronto and her MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.