Ryan's 1st award winning documentary film explores a pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Ryan and his partner at the time Mandy, gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA for 2 years, seeking to visit 100 sustainable communities. This film was founded in 2007, filmed, directed, and co-edited by Ryan Ao, and released in 2013. The film won several awards including Eco-Warrior Doc at the Orlando Film Festival, Best director at the Orlando Film Festival, the People's Choice Award at the Patchamama Alliance's Possible Futures Film Contest, and several more. It was also selected at several international film festivals.
"Finding Hope Through Robin's Tale"
(Shelved in 2016)
Ryan's 2nd documentary film was aiming to explore Robin Williams life leading to his suicide, as well as find healing and solutions for suicide prevention. Patch Adams was interviewed for the film & 50% of the profits of the film were to go to Patch Adamʼs “Gesundheit! Institute” a free hospital specifically for low self-esteem people that uses humor to heal. Patch asked the film to be shelved when Robin's wife gave an interview and announced that depression was not the cause of his suicide, but rather Lewey Body Dimensia and side effects of the medicine as well as him wanting to take back his own power.