THE MONGREL MEDIA TEAM

Hussain Amarshi

President and Founder

After graduating from University of Toronto and Queen's University he founded the Kingston International Film Festival in 1989; ran the Euclid Theatre in Toronto; worked on Atom Egoyan and Jeremy Podeswa's earlier films, before setting up Mongrel Media from his bedroom in 1994. Hussain has served on several arts boards and committees over the years. He has many favourite films from the Mongrel library of titles but the first film that Mongrel Media acquired and released in 1995-- The Silences of the Palace -- is his first love.

hussain@mongrelmedia.com

Jonathan Wyman

Vice President

Jonathan began his professional life in mechanical and environmental engineering, but lunch with a friend fifteen years ago encouraged him to make the switch to filmed entertainment. Since then, he has worked with a select group of Canada's most successful and respected independent distributors.

Cemetery Club, Manufactured Landscapes and Jesus Camp.
jonathan@mongrelmedia.com

Andrew Frank

Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions

Prior to working at Mongrel, he was a consultant for Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas flagship theatre in Madison. He also owned and ran Visions Cinema in Washington.

Cache, The Great Beauty, A Prophet
andrew@mongrelmedia.com

Claire Calabrese

Account Receivables Coordinator

Claire is a graduate by the University of Lyon (France), with a Master in Accounting-Audit. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and cooking.

Rust and Bone, Love Marilyn and To Rome with Love
claire@mongrelmedia.com

Ai Tsuzuki

Materials Manager

Ai began her career working for filmmakers as well as in foreign film sales at Alliance Atlantis. When not shopping around the world for technical and publicity materials for Mongrel's various departments, she can be found renovating and gardening in her new home.

Cache, Edge of Heaven and The Lives of Others
ai@mongrelmedia.com

Caroline Habib

Manager, Acquisitions & Broadcast Sales

Caroline earned a B.A. in Film Studies and Art History at the University of Montreal and completed a graduate diploma in arts management at HEC. She has worked with various prestigious distribution companies as well as programmed the 2008 edition of the Planet in Focus Intl Film Festival.

Close-up, The Class and The Green Butchers
caroline@mongrelmedia.com

Chantal Chateauneuf

Sales Coordinator, Home Entertainment

Born and raised in Vancouver, Chantal holds a BA (Hons) in Art History from McGill University. The transition from visual art to film was a natural one.

Manufactured Landscapes, Dear Zachary, An Education
chantal@mongrelmedia.com

Danish Vahidy

Director of Marketing, Theatrical Releasing

Danish has worked on numerous high-profile films at distributors such as Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Danish also sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Picture Pioneers Trust Fund. He lives in Leslieville with his wife and son.

The Lives Of Others, Persepolis and Sex and Lucia
danish@mongrelmedia.com

Jake Gorman

Theatrical Marketing Assistant

Jake holds a B.F.A. in Film Theory, and a in B.A. in English Literature from York University. He has worked for some of Canada's leading film distributors, as well as the Toronto International Film festival. In his down time Jake can usually be found at any number of rep. cinemas in Toronto, or scouring Netflix for hidden gems.

Exit Through the Giftshop, Senna, Beyond the Black Rainbow
jake@mongrelmedia.com

Darrin Laframboise

Graphic Designer, Home Entertainment

Darrin has worked extensively as a graphic designer in the world of film and publishing for over a decade. A "Movie Geek" in every respect, Darrin enjoys lengthy discussions about cinema and the filmmaking process – much to the chagrin of his friends and family.

Beyond The Black Rainbow, Take Shelter, Metropolis
darrin@mongrelmedia.com

Evan Woods

Contracts Assistant

Originally from Ottawa, Evan has two degrees in film studies, and began his career in Toronto working in the film festival circuit. He enjoys watching films of all kinds, believes that (the bootlegs of) The Basement Tapes contain some of the best music ever recorded, and loves a good cider.

Damsels in Distress, Requiem, Killer of Sheep.
evan@mongrelmedia.com

Harmonie Hemming

Home Entertainment & Broadcast Specialist

Harmonie has been lucky enough to have worked in many areas of the film and TV industry since finishing school. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from York University.

Frances Ha, Thanks for Sharing, A Prophet, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
harmonie@mongrelmedia.com

Jensen Lee

Creative Services & Social Marketing Manager

Jensen holds a Bachelors of Design from York University and Sheridan College. Prior to his position at Mongrel, Jensen had worked as a graphic designer & creative marketing with several of the leading independent film distributors and festivals in Canada including Maple Pictures, Alliance Films, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Jensen's interests include poutine, Leafs and world-travel.

One Week, Art & Copy, Inside Llewyn Davis, Exit Through The Giftshop
jensen@mongrelmedia.com

Jessica La Grassa

Brand Specialist, Home Entertainment

A University of Ottawa alumnus, Jessica received her B.Com. from the Telfer School of Management. She began her career in film distribution at Anchor Bay, eventually working at their London, England office for several years. Since returning to Canada, Jessica has held production and marketing roles at Maple Pictures, Alliance Films and eOne. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the globe and experiencing Toronto’s vibrant culinary scene.

Searching For Sugar Man, The Lives of Others, A Separation
jessica@mongrelmedia.com

Kelly Wray

Home Entertainment Assistant

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Carleton University, Kelly began her career in the home entertainment industry in 2008, working in accounts receivable. Since then, she has worked in distribution, sales & marketing coordination, and product management. In her spare time, she runs an art gallery on Dundas Street West where she hosts a variety of art exhibitions and events. She is an active member and supporter of the Toronto art community.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Frances Ha
kelly@mongrelmedia.com

Lynne Crocker

Theatrical Sales Coordinator

Lynne has a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and entered into Toronto’s vibrant film industry by way of the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs Documentary Festival where she was an International Programmer. After several years in the festival circuit Lynne worked with the International Film Sales and Acquisitions team at Entertainment One.

Searching for Sugar Man, Fish Tank, Laurel Canyon
lynne@mongrelmedia.com

Mary Harmer

Manager of Home Entertainment

Mary comes from a dynamic publishing, music and accounting background. In her spare time, she enjoys editing home movies and hanging out with her family.

Let the Right One In, The Lives of Others, Exit Through the Gift Shop
mary@mongrelmedia.com

Michaela Tobin

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Michaela always wanted to be an Accounting Technician in Canada. After a diversion through art school in Ireland and construction in Australia she got there at last.

Deep Blue Sea, The Summit, Drinking Buddies.
michaela@mongrelmedia.com

Neil Morrison

Manager of Sales, Home Entertainment

Neil is a graduate of the Honours History program at McMaster University. He got his start with the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Let the Right One In and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
neil@mongrelmedia.com

Renata Czyzycka

Controller

Renata is a Certified General Accountant and brings over a decade of experience to Mongrel. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling.

Breakfast with Scot, Persepolis and Planet B-Boy
renata@mongrelmedia.com

Tom Alexander

Director, Theatrical Releasing

Before joining Mongrel in 2001, Tom worked in various capacities with Alliance Atlantis Communications, Famous Players, and the Toronto International Film Festival Group, among other organizations. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (Marketing, and Arts & Media Administration).

Blue Is The Warmest Color, A Separation, Talk To Her
tom@mongrelmedia.com