FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Opening night film - Fort Lauderdale/Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- Seattle International Film Festival
- NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
- Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- Reel Affirmations: Washington DC's International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
- United Nations Association Film Festival
- AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FILM - Spokane GLBT Film Festival
- Reeling: Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
- Audience Award for Best Documentary, Out Takes NZ
Symons is the co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY (2000), a feature documentary about South Africa's search for truth and reconciliation, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Sundance and broadcast on HBO. He has worked as a freelance director, producer, and cinematographer on numerous award-winning documentaries.
Symons has been creating films since 1991, and has dedicated much of his documentary career to revealing the complexities of gay people's lives as a means of countering homophobia. His work has screened at more than 200 international film festivals and is used by hundreds of college educators and community organizers to build awareness of LGBT issues.
Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
"Potent…engrossing…brisk and smart."
Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Compelling... ASK NOT has startling facts on its side... but the gay soldiers make the most potent case, simply by doing their jobs."
Jesse Ellison, Newsweek