Shorts Encourage Women to STEAM Careers

(Yahoo! Entertainment, April 25, 2019.)

Straight Up Films created the anthology “Power/On” of five shorts focused on encouraging girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math with the arts thrown in) directed by actresses Rosario Dawson, Julie Bowen, Ana Brenda Contreras, Lisa Edelstein, and Nikki Reed. With support from YouTube, the shorts premiered Wednesday at the Google campus in Playa Vista and will be available for streaming on YouTube on April 26. (Producers Marisa Polvino & Ngoc Nguyen w/ “Boundless” Director Rosario Dawson)

Julie Bowen, Rosario Dawson, Nikki Reed & More Go Behind the Camera to Inspire Young Women

(People Magazine, April 26, 2019.)

The producer of the series, Ngoc Nguyen summed up the night, which ended with a Q&A that had the directors peppered with poignant questions from the young and rabidly curious audience, by saying: “Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in shifting culture. When young kids see someone who looks like them on screen, presented in a positive manner, it evokes pride and confidence in immeasurable ways. We wanted the films to be truly representative of the world we live in, which is a world rich with diversity.”

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7V Role Models Feature Profile: Ngoc Nguyen

7V Magazine (June 15, 2018.)

I love this woman! You will too! 7V magazine is profiling Ngoc Nguyen who is a Social Good Strategist. She does more to end bullying through the power of film than anyone I know. We met on a panel at the Vero Beach Film Festival on women in film. Ngoc produced and did the PR for “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” — the award-winning documentary about Lizzie’s journey from bullying victim turned bullying activist. With people like Ngoc in the world, I have faith love and kindness will conquer bullying.

After Being Called ‘The World's Ugliest Woman,’ She's Teaching Us All Something About The Danger Of Judgement

(, December 2, 2015.)

Lizzie Velasquez is used to being on camera. Velasquez, who suffers from a rare condition that prevents her from gaining weight, is a vlogger whose YouTube Channel has over 450,000 subscribers. But when she began filming the documentary about her life, A Brave Heart, she was determined not to cry. While we spoke, Velasquez's mother, Rita, was in the room, along with producers Jessica Chou and Ngoc Nguyen. Velasquez cited the women present when asked who inspires her.

Emmys Weekend: Party in Pictures

(The Wrap, September 16, 2015.)

During Emmys week, the table talk was all "Oscar Contenders" at an Octavia Spencer hosted lunch for Lizzie Velasquez and her doc "A Brave Heart," at Lucques on Thursday. Cinedigm will release the film on the 26 year old, 58 pound bullying victim turned crusader next Friday, September 25. (Producer Ngoc Nguyen, Spencer, Star/EP Lizzie Velasquez, Director/Producer Sara Hirsch Bordo.)