How Come You Walk Funny?

Company Profile

Symmetree media produces nature, health and spirituality programming that incorporates unique multi-cultural perspectives. We aim to celebrate diversity in cultures and abilities through engaging, entertaining portraits of extraordinary, ordinary people in unique situations.

Recent projects include:

Life's a Twitch
Life's a Twitch is a half-hour documentary celebrating difference through a profile of Duncan McKinlay. He's 26 and brilliant. He has just completed his PhD, and lectures across the country. He also barks, twitches, and spits. Duncan has Tourette Syndrome and revels in the challenges that this "demon inside his head" presents him.

Life's a Twitch was produced with the assistance of the Ontario Media Development Corporation's Al Waxman Documentary Calling Card program. Its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2002 sold out. It then went on to broadcast on TVOntario, won the Golden Sheaf for Best Educational/Instructional Video at the Yorkton Film Festival, and was nominated for 2 Geminis in the Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program, and Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series categories.

The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada was so impressed by Life's a Twitch, they invited Symmetree media to create three public service announcements for them in English, French and Spanish. In 2003 the TSFC awarded Symmetree media the Maureen Cavanaugh Public Awareness Award and have asked us to create a series of training videos. The first of these, a training video for educators, will be released in 2004 in English and French. Two videos for adults with TS and a video for children with TS will follow.

How Come You Walk Funny?
How Come You Walk Funny? is a one-hour documentary scheduled for broadcast on Discovery Health Channel Canada in June 2004 followed by second window broadcasts with Knowledge Network in B.C. and SCN in Saskatchewan. Called the "Utopia of Kindergartens" by a parent, the world of these children is truly exceptional. A bold experiment in early childhood education, the Bloorview MacMillan Centre School turns the tables and asks able-bodied kids to meet kids with physical challenges on their turf in a program that puts attitudes, social preconceptions, early childhood education theory and Canadian ideals of inclusion - both within and beyond the classroom.

Swim with Me
Symmetree media provided post-production supervision and editing training for this 17-minute drama and a comedic PSA by Chinese youth in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Produced by Trinity Square Video as part of an AIDS Awareness video project, Swim with Me premiered at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Fe
stival in 2003.