At Good Medicine Media we create programs that nurture both us as producers, and our audience. Our content is always an insightful reflection of the communities that we work with, wherever they are in the world. And we employ the concept of 'community' in our production as well, through well-articulated vision, and an inclusive, collaborative approach. The reference to 'medicine' in our name originates from the First Nations in North America and embodies physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Gregory Coyes and Catherine Tremblay bring together more than thirty years of experience producing award-winning projects for the major players in Canadian film and television, and on the web. This includes the NFB, CBC, CTV, BRAVO, and APTN where GOOD MEDICINE MEDIA has delivered THE MIX, a 52 x 30 minute music series, and LIVE from the HUNDRED YEARS CAFÉ, a 8 x 1hour series focusing on musical collaboration. Based in Vancouver, we are practiced storytellers that believe in the transformational power of sharing great stories. Our areas of focus are documentaries, music and variety, animation, & digital media. A substantial portion of our source material comes from indigenous themes.
Greg has worked in the Native community over the last thirty years as an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and teacher. After attending Yale University on a hockey scholarship and graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Greg was pursuing a career in geology when his life's path took a serious detour. In 1982 he landed a principal role in the feature film Running Brave, a dramatized biography of Olympian Billy Mills, a Lakota Sioux who won gold in the 10,000 meters in 1964. Greg was cast as silver medal winner Mohammed Gamouhdi from Tunisia! This quirk of casting began his extensive career in the film and television business.
Greg got behind-the-camera experience working on some of the biggest films to come out of Western Canada during the '80s and "90's, including My American Cousin and Life After Hockey. He then worked as a writer/director on the groundbreaking Native documentary series, My Partners, My People, and in the roles of producer, production coordinator and writer/director on a number of award winning feature length documentaries, including Our Home and Native Land, and Learning With Love. He was also the co-creator and executive producer of All My Relations, the first nationally broadcast Native news magazine series for CBC television.
In 2000, along with his partners at Storytellers Productions, Coyes created and co-produced the multi-award-winning, Stories from the Seventh Fire, an animated and live action series featuring the art of Norval Morrisseau. His award-winning 2002 documentary film, How the Fiddle Flows, followed the historic path of Metis music up Canada's great river systems from the Gaspe coast to the Rocky Mountains. Medicine Walker, a travel documentary exploring the First Nations deep knowledge of, and profound relationship with the land, won for outstanding direction and editing at IMAGnation 2004 in Vancouver. From 2006-10 he co-produced and directed the documentary series Chiefs and Champions, and he produced, directed, and hosted the 52 half-hours of The Mix, a contemporary music series for APTN. Greg recently delivered LIVE from the HUNDRED YEARS CAFÉ (8 x 1 hr) to APTNand he is currently developing a number of other TV and web series concepts for the global market. He is actively pursuing projects that nurture both him as a producer, and his audience.
He is a guitar player and songwriter and the proud father of two boys, Sam and Jackson.
When Catherine was nine years old she thought she would become a missionary. When she was seventeen years old she thought she would become a diplomat. In 1988, Catherine completed a bachelor of laws (LL.B) at Laval University in Quebec City and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989. Over the last 20 years she worked in the film and television industry in both Quebec and British Columbia as a legal counsel, business affairs consultant, and negotiator. This culminated in three years with Cirque du Soleil as senior contract negotiator.
Catherine is a skilled communicator, fluent in French and English, who values teamwork. She has worked with some of the major media players in Canada including Cinar Corporation, Bardel Entertainment, and the Association of Film and Television Producers of Quebec.
She studied conflict resolution, with a specialization in negotiation and mediation, at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She also volunteered with a Vancouver-based non-profit organization called Teen Journey, dedicated to providing rites of passage to teenagers. With her life partner, Gregory Coyes, they produced a four part series called "Teen Journey: To the Heart". The series documents their insightful journey with a Quechua medicine man through the wilds of Peru with twelve teens, including their two children, and eight adults.
While contributing to a production portfolio that focuses on 'media that nurtures’, Catherine is also exploring the field of conscious death and dying. She has been called to death, as a subject, since she was a child. Catherine has recognized the denial of death in our culture and the importance of bringing the conversations about death back into our lives. She now hosts death cafés, facilitates workshops, and organizes events on death and dying in her community.