KNOCKABOUT MEDIA specializes in creative non-fiction storytelling for museums, exhibitions, and the cultural and media sectors. Our team brings a shared 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, 360° immersive videos, 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 your stories to your audience.
Ryan Barnett is a creative producer and writer. Over the past 10 years, 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. His writing has been published by Firefly Books in North America and Éditions Glénat in Europe. Ryan’s work has been viewed 100MM+ times in broadcast and online.
Maia Foster-Sanchez is a Toronto-based oral historian, documentary filmmaker, 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 VOICES FROM HERE oral history series. She holds a Bilingual Honours B.A. in History from Glendon College and is a master’s thesis candidate in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University.
Sonia Gemmiti is a filmmaker and multimedia installation artist. In 2020, she produced and directed Face à ma fenêtre (Outside My Window) based on her award-winning script. 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. Her credits include Robocop (2014), Maps to the Stars (2014), and Rookie Blue (2015). Sonia was also a member of the design team behind Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015), nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Design Award (2016).