Knockabout Media specializes in creative non-fiction storytelling for museums, exhibitions, and the cultural and media sectors. On multiple platforms, and in collaboration with leading Canadian heritage interpreters, we commemorate the diverse stories that make Canada unique. Our team brings 25+ years of production experience with a proven track record in bilingual documentary and educational programming. We’re passionate about developing inventive ways to communicate real stories, whether through participant-based documentary, animation, podcasting, or a suite of combined practices. We are supported by a national network of subject matter experts, cinematographers, editors, illustrators, animators, sound engineers and colorists to bring these stories to national and global audiences.
Ryan Barnett, Founder + Principal, is a creative producer and writer. For more than a decade, he has created thousands of minutes of bilingual video and podcast programming for the cultural sector. His work has been installed in museums, featured on CTV, CBC television and radio, in The Globe & Mail, National Post, Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic and dozens of other publications. Ryan is also the producer and host of the podcast series Once Upon a Time in Hollywood North. He is also the author of two books The Raftsmen (Firefly Books 2017 | Éditions Glénat 2021) and Buster: A Life in Pictures (2023).
Producer Maia Foster-Sanchez is an Ottawa-based oral historian, documentarian, and disaster researcher. She is passionate about storytelling, knowledge mobilization, arts-based research, and ethics. Maia has conceived and created several documentary and podcasts series, most recently working in collaboration with an advisory circle, academic consultants, and participants on the STORY OF A NATIONAL CRIME podcast. She holds a Bilingual Honours B.A. in History from Glendon College and an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University. In 2021, Maia received the Governor General’s Gold Medal at RRU for her Master’s thesis work.
Producer Sonia Gemmiti is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. In 2021, she earned accolades from festivals in North America and Europe for her film Face à ma fenêtre (Outside My Window), which included the theme prize, Make Your Life a Masterpiece, at the 2021 Asolo Art Film Festival. The film most recently screened at the 50th annual Dance on Camera Festival (NYC), co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center. Her installation work has shown at Come Up to My Room, Myseum of Toronto’s Intersections festival and dance: made in canada/fait au Canada. Sonia also has a distinguished decade-long career as a Set Designer, which includes Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015), nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Design Award (2016), and Sarah Polley’s Oscar winning Women Talking (2022).