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 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
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 started at CFMDC as an intern in 2015 and has been hanging around here on-and-off ever since. He holds a Master of Arts 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, and is currently the Distribution Coordinator for CFMDC.
- Contact Jesse to inquire about renting or purchasing work in the collection, licensing for publications and exhibitions, accessing previews, information about our analog film collection, and member royalties.
Member Services and Program 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 image-making 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 sits on the Programming Committee for the Toronto Media Arts Centre and was the Arts Curator for The RUDE Collective, a queer arts collective.
- 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 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.
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.