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Common Notions:

Handbook Not Required


carla bergman

carla bergman is a producer, writer and filmmaker who spends much of her time causing trouble with her partner, kids and friends in east Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is co-director of EMMA Talks, a speakers series by women. carla was previously the director of the Purple Thistle — a youth run arts and activism centre. She continues this important work as a community organizer, administrator and consultant supporting youth initiatives under the Thistle Institute. She has worked for over 15 years with youth creating projects, mentoring, facilitating workshops and making a variety of publications. carla co-founded the art and activist publication RAIN, worked with car free day Vancouver as a core organizer and co-founded the Thistle Institute, an alternative to university, in 2011. carla has joyful threads in many other initiatives and projects near and far, with incredible artists, thinkers and activist. She is wrapping up her first Film in fall 2015, Common Notions: Handbook Not Required, about the Thistle and Youth Liberation. carla was one of the editors of the AK Press book: Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook For Youth, and is currently working on a book about Joy.
Corin Browne is a videomaker and media educator who has been working as a community engaged artist for almost 15 years, most of those with one of her kids and/or editor partner John in tow. Corin is a founding member of the nationally recognized Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth located in Vancouver’s eastside.  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 recent community projects include: a low-watt pirate television project, four years as co-resident artist with the Digital Storytelling Group at Silver Harbour Seniors Centre in North Vancouver; directing a Bollywood-style Public Service Announcement educating farm workers about safe laundry practices and pesticide contamination; and a large-scale, multi-phased media-art project exploring the impact of the housing crisis on youth entitled the Housing Matters Media Project (www.housingmattersmedia.com).

Corin Browne

John Collins

As the Senior Editor and Post Production Producer for the Multi-Media Division of Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District or GVRD) John has a key role in the award-winning program The Sustainable Region (2012 Leo Award – Information or Lifestyle Series). He also oversees the regional district’s online video gallery, which offers over 1000 videos on topics relating to sustainability, infrastructure, and policy. In addition, John collaborates with a number of independent film makers, providing his expertise and advice on a variety of productions, ranging from full-length documentaries to satirical short films. John’s film making passion is strongly rooted in social justice, housing,  and environmental themes. Working in film and television for the last 15 years as an editor, visual effects artist, and producer, John has covered a lot of creative ground.  John has a keen understanding of sustainability cultural issues and trends facing our region. John has developed a keen talent at developing narratives that address complex subjects and ideas.