Genne Speers is currently the Interim 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 with a thesis titled “Crepuscule Constructions: Artists and the Archival Image” and is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University.
Edward Fawcett Sharpe
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.
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.
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.
Aditya Sahil Babbar
Program and Collections Assistant
Aditya Sahil Babbar is an Indian-born, Canadian-based aspiring filmmaker, writer and image-maker interested in the limits of language and how people use words to constantly avoid saying what they mean or how they feel. The fine line between what is real and imagined is at the root of his work. He graduated studying Communications from Central Saint Martins, have specialized in Photography and Film. His work has been exhibited in British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper Magazine, Bonington Gallery (UK), Lethaby Gallery (UK) and been commissioned for Stella McCartney Kids.
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.
Shannon Gagnon is a multimedia archivist and artist, based in Toronto/Tkoronto. She is a fourth generation settler from the Crawford’s Purchase agreement, traditionally the territory of the Anishinabewaki, Mohawk, and Algonquin peoples. Shannon holds a Masters of Arts degree in Film Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University, where she focused her research on the preservation of performance art documentation. She has previously worked with a handful of artist run centres, including the FADO Performance Art, Western Front, Regent Park Film Festival, and VTape.
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.