Genne Speers is 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.
Distribution and Collections Manager
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. 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.
Program and Outreach Manager
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.
Edward Fawcett Sharpe
Senior Technical Manager
Edward Sharpe is the senior 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.
Edward is currently on parental leave. Please contact Rolla Tahir or Shannon Gagnon with questions related to technical specifications for new work deposits, technical services, or special projects.
Media Arts Technician
Rolla Tahir is a filmmaker, director of photography, arts administrator, and media technician based in Toronto. She’s lensed short, narrative and experimental films, which screened across Canada and internationally. Obsessed with the durability, longevity and spontaneity of the analog film medium, Rolla has worked with Super 8, 16mm and 35mm to explore the analog process and its possibilities. Her passion in cinematography stems from the need to bring narratives to life, work with visionary creatives, and to understand and be understood. In 2017, Rolla co-founded the Toronto Arab Film, a non-for-profit that celebrates and platforms pan-Arab films through an annual festival and professional development initiatives.
- Contact Rolla with questions related to technical specifications for new work deposits, technical services, or special projects.
Lina Wu is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, on Dish With One Spoon territory covered by Treaty 13 of the Toronto Purchase. After graduating from OCAD with a major in Illustration and a minor in English she is excited to be working in culture and developing her practice. Lina loves to draw, write, and play in a way that combines softness and strength, twisting across highbrow and lowbrow aesthetic traditions.
- Please contact Lina if you have any questions regarding membership and the film submission process.
Collections and Digital Infrastructure Coordination
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.
Collections and Distribution Assistant
Sanjit Dhillon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator based in Tkaranto/Toronto, Canada. Her practice interrogates constructions of memory, embodied subjectivity, precarity, and the limits of visual culture in creating and disseminating identity. She has curated for Xpace Cultural Centre, Vtape, and participated in residencies at Whippersnapper Gallery and Roundtable Residency.
Aditya Sahil Babbar
Program and Collections Assistant, Canada Summer Jobs
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, having specialized in Photography and Film. His work has been exhibited in British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper Magazine, Bonington Gallery (UK), and Lethaby Gallery (UK), and has been commissioned for Stella McCartney Kids.
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 on a part-time basis.