Lifted Eyes Media (LEM) is a Toronto-based production company that creates documentary films. We specialize in telling compelling stories about real people. The topics we cover are challenging and we work tirelessly to craft engaging content that tell these stories through personal narratives. Our approach is rooted in the belief that the most powerful films explore complex issues through the eyes of those who have lived them.
Our portfolio includes films on the transgender community, cross-dressing, terminal illness, mental health, unemployment and aging.
Lisa Rideout works as a documentary film and commercial director. She founded Lifted Eyes Media in 2013. In 2017, Lisa helped establish Fringe Creative a commercial production company which creates story centric branded content. From 2013-2015 Lisa worked in the production office at the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). 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, ON and her MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.
Lisa’s films focus on narratives that are character driven and use first person POV. Her approach is grounded in the belief that the most powerful films explore complex social issues through the eyes of those who have lived them. She founded Lifted Eyes Media in 2013 to make films with this aim.
Produced in association with Clique Pictures, CBC Digital Docs.
After a decade as a sex worker, Iman attempts to pursue her dream of becoming a social worker to help her fellow transgender community members. As she explores the option of going back to college, One Leg In, One Leg Out questions whether tenacity, ambition and a life long dream are enough to overcome one’s situation.
2018 Austin Film Festival, Austin TX
2018 AWARD Best Documentary Short, LA Film Festival
2018 Yorkton Film Festival Golden Sheaf Best Short Non-Fiction Nominee, Best Director Non-Fiction Nominee
2018 AWARD Grand Prize Alternative Spirit, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Official Competition
Produced in association with Bravofactual, Bell Media, Clique Pictures
Opening the doors to one of Toronto’s oldest cross-dressing stores, viewers get a glimpse into the colourful lives of its customers and their tender relationships with the eccentric storeowner, revealing that Wildside continues to play a vital role for Toronto’s cross-dressing community.
2018 Canadian Screen Award Winner, Best Short Documentary
2017 Austin Film Festival, Official Competition, Austin, US, Finalist Best Documentary Short
2017 St. Louis International Film Festival, Official Competition, St. Louis, US, Finalist Best Documentary Short
2017 Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Chicago, US
2017 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Official Competition, Rhode Island, US, AWARD: Winner Grand Prize, Alternative Spirit Award (Documentary)
2017 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
2017 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Produced in Association with CBC Digital Docs
His Nose, Her Eyes, Whose Face? combines stop motion and interviews to begin a conversation about the complexities of being mixed race.
Being half of one thing and half of something else means you are not enough of either – a confusing and unsettling place to navigate. His Nose, Her Eyes, Whose Face? questions who has the power to influence how you define yourself when determining your identity is a deeply personal journey.
Co-production Clique Pictures
Act Three is a film about well-known transgender activist Susan Gapka. By exploring her tumultuous childhood and the ten years she spent homeless in Toronto, the film examines what has motivated Susan to dedicate her life to her campaign for social justice while following Susan in her current journey as she tries to make peace with her past mistakes.
Co-Production Corinne Dunphy
John Letnick or “Captain John” gained notoriety in Toronto after opening the first floating restaurant in 1970, under the name of Captain John’s Seafood Restaurant. His restaurant enjoyed decades of success, before its doors were forced shut by the city due to unpaid taxes. What Remains is an exploration into Letnick’s loss. The film looks at both the triumphs and regrets that come with a long-lived life.
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St. Anne's Place is an independent living centre for seniors with mental and physical disabilities in Toronto, Canada. I'll Be Home looks at the ways in which one of its residents Faye, has been able to overcome her painful experiences and create a home within the walls of St. Anne’s Place.
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