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Lauren Howes
Executive Director
Lauren Howes has been the E.D. of CFMDC since 2006. She originally hails from the unceded territory of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on the West Coast and is fifth generation settler on her matriarchal line. She has worked in an Executive Management capacity in the not-for-profit sector for the past twenty years. Lauren has previously sat on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Arts Council (2013-2018), was the founding Chairperson on the Board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) 2009-2013, served as Treasurer on the Board of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (2008-2010). She is a founding board member of the Toronto Media Arts Cluster (TMAC) since 2011 and continues in an advisory capacity. She is also a founding board member of CCIMAD – the Canadian Coalition of Independent Media Art Distributors since 2011 and is currently Vice Chair. Through her work in film distribution, she has curated and presented screenings for events and markets in Vancouver, Toronto, Dublin, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, London, Glasgow, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Bangalore, Jakarta and Tokyo. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Film.
Genne Speers
Deputy Director
Genne Speers is currently the Deputy Director of the CFMDC. She is a fourth generation settler from Upper Canada Treaty No. 3 territory. Traditionally the territory of the Attawandaron, who now have descendants among the Six Nations. Genne is an advisory member of the TMAC board and serves on the boards of the Media Arts Network of Ontario and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. She holds a Masters of Cinema and Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia and is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University.

  • Contact Genne with questions related to the CFMDC collections, including legacy planning, research, education, programming and special projects, and if you want to know more about scholar or artist residencies, and educational internships. Genne is also the CFMDC liaison for any TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre) related inquiries.
 
Edward Fawcett Sharpe
Technical Manager
Edward Sharpe is the technical manager at CFMDC. He is a third generation settler from Treaty 13 territory. Traditionally the territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Edward is a practicing filmmaker and holds a BA in film studies from Carleton University in Ottawa. He was previously the co-owner/operator of Highfield Media a video production and web design company as well as Eastern Studios a co-working space and studio. 

  • Contact Edward about questions related to technical specifications for new work deposits, technical services, or special projects.

Jesse Brossoit
Distribution and Collections Coordinator
Jesse Brossoit is an arts administrator and media archivist. He is a fourth generation white settler from Treaty 18 and Haldimand Treaty territory, now based in Tkaronto/Toronto working as the Distribution & Collections Coordinator at CFMDC. Jesse holds a Master of Arts degree in Film Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. He has previously worked on cataloguing and archiving film collections for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.

  • Contact Jesse to inquire about renting or purchasing work in the collection, licensing for publications and exhibitions, accessing previews, accessing our analog film collection and artist files, and member royalties.
 
Morgan Sears-Williams
Member Services and Program Outreach Co‑ordinator
Morgan Sears-Williams (BFA OCAD University) is a white settler of Irish, English and German descent working in Tkaronto on the lands of the the Anishanaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudensosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat. She is a media artist with a focus on still and moving images and installation. Her practice often explores larger themes of feminist queer histories, collective memory and questioning institutional archiving practices. Morgan has exhibited work in galleries and pop up spaces across Toronto and internationally including Gallery 44, Artscape Youngplace, The 8fest, Osaka University of the Arts and The Arquives. She was the Arts Curator for The RUDE Collective, a queer arts collective in which she co-founded.

  • Contact Morgan for membership related activities such as becoming a new member, submitting a title, updates to current members film page or biography, depositing new titles, requesting an artist report or for information on our programming events.
 
Lina Wu
Distribution Assistant
Lina Wu is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, from territory covered by the Rouge Tract Claim submitted in 2015 by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. Her work draws lines through cultural identity, femininity, mental health, mythologies and adolescence. Lina’s work has been published with Hand Eye Society, Looseleaf Magazine, Half a Grapefruit, and others; she has shown at galleries such as Xpace Cultural Centre and Gallery 44; and she has held workshops with organizations including Tea Base, Insomniac Film Festival, and Canada Comics Open Library. Lina is expecting a BDes in Illustration with an English minor at OCAD U. She is an enthusiastic Distribution Assistant at CFMDC.
Larissa Fan
Social Media and Newsletter Outreach
Larissa Fan is a Toronto-based artist who works in 16mm and Super 8 film. She studied at OCAD and has an MFA in Film Production from York University. Her work has screened at national and international venues including Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, and Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival. Larissa worked for many years at CFMDC, first as Membership Coordinator and then Distribution Manager, and now handles CFMDC's social media and newsletter.
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Dan Browne
is a mongrel settler currently living in Tkaronto. His films and videos explore patterns and nature through dense and kinetic forms, and have been presented at over 100 festivals and venues, including TIFF, Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou, SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, and Early Monthly Segments. His film memento mori (2012) received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival, First Prize at Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Deluxe Award at Images. Dan's media practice also encompasses live visual performances in collaboration with musicians that have been presented at festivals such as MUTEK and Vector, and installations that have received public commissions in Toronto and Vancouver. Dan holds a Masters and PhD (ABD) in the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. He is currently completing his dissertation on technology and environment in recent Canadian cinema, and his writings on filmmaking have been published in Incite Journal of Experimental MediaFound Footage MagazineHors ChampMillennium Film Journal, and Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age (2019, McGill–Queens UP).
Kelly Egan
is an Assistant Professor in Visual and Media Studies within the Cultural Studies Department at Trent University. Kelly is a Canadian filmmaker, animated sound composer, film archivist and scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2001), Master of Arts in Communication and Culture at York/Ryerson University (2003), Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video at Bard College (2006), a Certificate in Film Preservation from the Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House (2012), and a PhD in Communication and Culture from the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture (2013). Her film work explores issues of materiality, intermediality, and media obsolescence. Her films have been screened at major festivals across Canada and internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Images Festival, the New York International Film Festival, the Rotterdam, International Film Festival and EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival. Her film-based installations have been exhibited at the York Quays Gallery/Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and L’espace virtuel in Chicoutimi, PQ.
Katia Houde
is a filmmaker and installation artist from Montreal living in Toronto. Her work deals primarily with memory, identity, and trauma, using both found footage and original images. Her work has been shown in the USA, Canada, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies. Katia has worked for several years at the Toronto International Film Festival, Global Television, and WIFT in Communications and at the National Film Board of Canada in Education.
Derek Jenkins
is a motion picture photographer and lab technician based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour, ecology, and social reproduction. His films have screened widely, most recently at Media City Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Fracto Film Encounter, Antimatter [media art] and DocLisboa. His installations include a sound work, "The E6 Process" (2018), at Factory Media Centre as part of HAVN's Sonic Art Series, and a film loop, "Contents" (2019), in Minding the Archive at Hamilton Artists Inc. In 2020, his film work, "Livestock," was installed at McMaster Museum of Art as part of the exhibition, Animals Across Discipline, Time and Space. He works at Niagara Custom Lab.
Frank Manzo
is the CEO of Creat19ive Arts Savings and Credit Union, a cooperative banking institution for those making a living in the creative industries. With over 16 years of experience in financing for Film, TV and New Media production in Canada, Frank previously leveraged his expert knowledge of production finance as an Account Manager with National Bank’s TV & Motion Picture Group, as Manager of the Production Finance team at Corus Entertainment and as a Business Officer at Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation) administering not only the film, TV and digital animation/special effects tax credits, but also ushering in two enhancements to the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit. In addition to his comfort and aptitude in the analytical thinking necessary for math, business and law, Frank is also blessed with the ability to excel in creative endeavors, fulfilling roles in live stage show productions as producer, writer and performer. He is also a technically trained dancer and choreographer and in 2012 he successfully staged With Somebody Who Loves Me: A Gay Dansical. Lauded as one of the best shows in Toronto’s Fringe Festival and followed by a two week run at Tarragon Theatre, critics called it “a fucking brilliant celebration in the human body.”
Jonathan Middleton
is an artist, curator, and publisher working between Toronto and Vancouver. Middleton currently serves as executive director of Art Metropole (Toronto) and previously as partner and editor-at-large at Information Office, a Vancouver-based design and publishing studio. He served as director/curator of Vancouver’s Or Gallery from 2007 to 2017, during which time he established the Or’s bookstore (2011-) and Berlin satellite space (2010-2015). Middleton also served as director/curator of the Western Front Exhibitions Program (1999-2005), and was a founding member of the art periodical Fillip in 2004, serving on its editorial board and as its first publisher until 2008. He maintains an active art practice, and has exhibited and screened his work at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver International Film Festival, Inside Out, Moving Pictures, the Chicago International Film Festival, Dazibao (Montreal) and Konsthalle 323 (Stockholm). Middleton has served on numerous boards since 1998, including Artspeak, Kokoro Dance, the Independent Film Video Alliance (IFVA), and Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres. He was a founding member of the Artist Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) and maintains an active role in arts advocacy.
Sajdeep Soomal
is a writer, researcher, and curator working out of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre in Toronto. He is currently thinking about anarchic mathematics. agricultural chemicals and psychiatry architecture.  Projects include: Mad Building Syndrome (MBS); Migrancy in the Garage (Winner of the 2018 Avery Review Essay Prize); and Racing Bodies. On the side, Saj works as an independent graphic designer, specializing in brand identity, logo design and print design. Sajdeep has previously worked at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. They hold an MA in History from the University of Toronto.
Gina Vanni
is the Vice President of Take 5 Productions, a Toronto based television production company whose credits include international series The Tudors, Camelot, The Borgias, and the upcoming mini-series, World Without End. Prior to joining Take 5, Gina was the Vice President of Production Finance at Dufferin Gate Productions, where she managed development and financing for the company’s considerable slate of productions. Previously, Gina worked with the Ontario Media Development Corporation in several capacities, including Team Lead in the Tax Credits and Financing Department, as well as Director of Tax Credits, where she supervised the administration of Ontario’s six cultural media tax credits.
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
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Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725