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.

Favourite Films: Cemetery Club, Manufactured Landscapes.

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.

Favourite Films: Cache, The Great Beauty, A Prophet

andrew@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).

Favourite Films: Blue Is The Warmest Color, A Separation, Talk To Her

tom@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.

Favourite Films: The Lives Of Others, Persepolis and Sex and Lucia

danish@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.

Favourite Films: Cache, Edge of Heaven and The Lives of Others

ai@mongrelmedia.com


Alison Zimmer

Theatrical Sales Manager

Originally from Halifax, Alison began her career at the Toronto International Film Festival, working on festival programming and TIFF Film Circuit. She’s a member of the Drunk Feminist Films collective, and enjoys making ice cream and volunteering in her spare time. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Rotman School of Management.

Favourite Films: Mustang, Stories We Tell, Inside Llewyn Davis

alison@mongrelmedia.com

 

 


Jensen Lee

Creative Services & Digital 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.

Favourite Films: One Week, Inside Llewyn Davis, Whiplash, Searching for Sugar Man, Boyhood, Call Me By Your Name, Before Midnight

jensen@mongrelmedia.com


Mary Harmer

Head, Home Entertainment Marketing and Operations

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.

Favourite Films: Let the Right One In, The Lives of Others, Exit Through the Gift Shop

mary@mongrelmedia.com


Jessica La Grassa

Manager of Sales, Home Entertainment & Ancillary

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.

Favourite Films: Searching For Sugar Man, The Lives of Others, A Separation

jessica@mongrelmedia.com


Harmonie Hemming

Materials Manager – Ancillaries

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.

Favourite Films: Frances Ha, Thanks for Sharing, A Prophet, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

harmonie@mongrelmedia.com


Darrin LaFramboise

Creative Services, 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.

Favourite Films: Beyond The Black Rainbow, Take Shelter, Metropolis

darrin@mongrelmedia.com


Marko Orlic

Acquisitions & Sales Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Toronto, Marko has worked in the film industry in a number of capacities: distribution, programming, journalism/blogging, and on-set production. When not scouting the finest pictures Mongrel has to offer, you can catch him blabbering about the movie he just saw at a local theatre or festival, DJing bars in Toronto's west end, programming films, attending all of the concerts, love-hating the Raptors and Jays, writing, or podcasting.

Favourite Films: Fish Tank, Inside Llewyn Davis, Talk To Her, Carlos, A Separation, A Prophet, Sugar

marko@mongrelmedia.com

Neil Mathieson

Manager, Sales and Business Affairs

Neil graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a second major in Film in 2012. Following graduation Neil joined Global Incentives Inc becoming a Sr Project Manager specializing in tax incentive financing. During his time at Global he administrated over $200M in tax credits, while advising producers and providing security to financiers. Some of the projects he worked on at Global Incentives include: Sicario, Birdman, and The Revenant.

Favourite Films: Ex Machina, Amour, Senna

neil@mongrelmedia.com


Alice Dutrut

Sales and Marketing Executive, Mongrel International

Alice holds a degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University. When not watching films, she enjoys listening to and creating radio documentaries.

Favourite Films: Inside Llewyn Davis, Away From Her, Frances Ha
 
alice.d@mongrelmedia.com

 

 

Jeff Garneau

Materials Coordinator

Jeff graduated from York University’s film production program and has since worked with numerous directors and producers throughout the film industry. He’s worked as an editor, writer’s assistant, production manager and assistant director on a variety of commercials, shorts and features. He writes and directs films in his spare time.

Favourite Films: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Ballast, Dear Zachary, Cold in July, Moon, Thumbsucker and The Wackness.

jeff@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.

Favourite Films: Breakfast with Scot, Persepolis and Planet B-Boy

renata@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.

Favourite Films: The Deep Blue Sea, The Summit, Drinking Buddies.

michaela@mongrelmedia.com


Pascale Vorakhoumane

Accounting Assistant

After graduating from Aix-Marseille University in France with a Master degree in Finance, I wanted to have a new experience and improve my English. At the beginning I just wanted to visit Toronto but decided to try to live here.

Favourite Films: Whiplash, Brooklyn.

pascale@mongrelmedia.com