carla bergman is a mom, filmmaker, writer and organizer who spends much of her time with her partner, kids and friends in east Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. She is the co director of EMMA Talks, a mini-art-festival and speaker’s series by women. carla has worked with youth in alternatives-to-education spaces and projects for over 15 years, and is currently the Project Development Manager for Kwi Awt Stelmexw, an initiative that provides programs to strengthen Sḵwx̱wú7mesh cultural and language. The threads that run through all her collaborative work are: radical social change, amplifying voices at the edges, and connecting emerging and new voices with well-seasoned folks. carla co-directed the Film: Common Notions: Handbook Not Required, co-edited the AK Press book: Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook For Youth, and co-authored the book: Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times, published by AK Press.
A new solo projects page is coming soon, but for now you can pop over to my SoundCloud.
Forthcoming projects: carla is currently working on a film about language and decolonization with Michelle Nahanee, and a book based off of EMMA Talks, called Radiant Voices; Corin and carla are collaborating with Tasnim Nathoo on this EMMA book.
Joyful Threads Collaborators:
Corin Browne is a videomaker, media educator, and organizer who has been working as a community engaged artist for over 15 years. In addition to independent film work, primarily in documentary and news magazine formats, Corin is the co-artistic director of Housing Matters Media Project, founding member of the nationally recognized Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth, and Resident Filmmaker at Templeton Secondary School where she has been joyfully mentoring young media makers for an entire generation. With an academic background in critical media education (MA Communication, SFU) and digital media production, Corin is interested in creating media-based projects that explore notions of community, place, radical democracy, social justice and memory. Corin’s projects have ranged from a low-watt pirate television project to Bollywood-style Public Service Announcements educating farmworkers about pesticide contamination and large-scale, multi-phased media-art projects exploring the impact of the housing crisis on young artists and youth living in government care (www.housingmattersmedia.com). Her recent projects include Common Notions, a documentary exploring youth liberation through the lens of an arts and activism center in Vancouver, and EMMA Talks, a women’s speaker series.