Who We Are

Grounded Futures is a group of self-identified women, gender nonconforming and trans folks, who are dedicated community artists. We are responding to a strong desire for the building of more sincere connections and vibrant communities between youth artists, cultural makers, and our communities—a place to meet and share ideas and passions and to ultimately connect our work to larger social struggles and issues.

carla is standing in a park with a large tree trunk in behind. carla's arms are out on either side and slightly blurred from being in motion.

carla bergman



carla bergman is an independent scholar, filmmaker, writer and mom. She has spent the past two decades working with community to create collaborative multi-media platforms that range from print to films, including her work as the co-director of EMMA Talks, a mini-art-festival and speaker’s series by women. The threads that run through all her work are: radical social change, amplifying voices at the edges, and connecting emerging and new voices with well-seasoned folks. carla loves to zoom in on the in-between happenings and issues, and bust binaries. She is the coauthor of Joyful Militancy, and is currently working on a couple books, and launching a pamphlet series later in 2021 called, lowercase.

carla spends much of their time capturing beauty with a camera, and walking with her partner, kids and friends in Vancouver, on Sḵwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəym, səlilwətaɁɬ Lands.

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Jamie-Leigh Gonzales


Jamie-Leigh is a Portuguese/Squamish filmmaker, podcast creator, photographer, and poet living on the stolen land of the Sḵwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəym, and  səlilwətaɁɬ people. With a passion for technology and storytelling, Jamie-Leigh has become dedicated to her multimedia practices; through the creation of engaging content, she hopes to stimulate meaningful dialogue that challenges the status quo and encourages systemic change.

Photo of Melissa from the shoulders up, smiling into the camera. She is standing in a park with trees behind her. Her hair is dark and slightly waved. She is wearing wide clear frame glasses, a black turtleneck, and a green fleece jacket with a collar.

Melissa Roach


Melissa Roach is a writer, mediamaker, and communicator, as well as a union worker, renter, and uninvited guest on Sḵwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəym, and səlilwətaɁɬ lands. She works in university-community engagement at SFU, promoting public programming in partnership with community and co-producing podcasts as a form of public scholarship. Melissa loves storytelling, textile art, container gardening, walking the dog, and building collective power.

Photo of Rebecca from the shoulders up, head slightly tilted, looking unsmiling into the camera. She has her hair cut short and is wearing dangling earrings in the shape of eyes. She is wearing a dark blue, ribbed, turtleneck sweater.

Rebecca Peng

— Peer Mentor

Rebecca is a writer and editor, currently residing on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. In professional roles as a publicist and communicator, she’s had the privilege of supporting emerging and established authors, filmmakers, and podcasters. She enjoys generous criticism, radical experimentation, and unexpected connections. Rebecca can be frequently found in a comfortable chair with her cat, Bug.

Who Else We Are

(Community Contributors)

Eleanor Goldfield


Eleanor is a queer creative activist and journalist. Her work has appeared on Free Speech TV where she produced and hosted the weekly radical news show, Act Out! for five years. Her print work has appeared via Mint Press News, ROAR, Popular Resistance, RT and more.

She is the host of the podcast Act Out! and the co-host of the podcast Common Censored along with Lee Camp.

Her first long-form, deep-dive video piece, “Hard Road of Hope,” covers past and present radicalism in the resource colony known as West Virginia.

Besides touring, performing and media work, she assists in frontline action organizing and activist trainings.

HardRoadofHope.com ArtKillingApathy.com 

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Liam Joy spends most of his time with their friends and family, talking, sharing, making food, and talking about surviving capitalism. She loved working on season one of the Grounded Futures show, and feels really lucky to be part of Grounded Futures, and is excited to have conversations with all the guests for season two. Liam is 17, and feels cautiously hopeful for the future. Liam is gender-fluid and uses he/they/she pronouns

Joey Bio
Drawing by Joey



Joey is a current highschool student, passionate in the fields of science and the fine arts. He roots himself in his calling to help and better the lives of others in the community around him. Through Grounded Futures, he hopes to gain meaningful insight into other mentors’ lives, and find out what truly drives them, as he navigates his own path towards adulthood and learning to thrive in today’s capitalistic world.

Oceaan (Paloma) Pendharkar

— Solo Together Podcast Resident, Host of Resonant Rest (upcoming!)

Oceaan (AKA Paloma) Pendharkar is a musician, songwriter, producer, and music educator of Indian and Dutch ancestry living as an uninvited guest on stolen lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. In addition to playing keys with various local artists and writing/producing/mixing their own music under the name Oatmeal Queen, they have recently started two new original music projects: Glow Motive (with Anjalica Solomon) and Palhomas (with Thomas Hoeller). Oceaan is also currently producing a podcast called Resonant Rest with the team at Grounded Futures about musicians, creative practice, and — you guessed it — rest. Oceaan loves friends, food, and hugs.


Tia Taurere-Clearsky of Whaea Productions is Indigenous from the Ngā Puhi/Te Aupouri Nations of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Tia is currently editing a beautiful short ilm from Aotearoa NZ in the Maori language called Te Wao Nui, The Great Forest as well as assisting on a Theatre Replacement project with the installing and cuing of multiple video projections for an interactive exhibition. Tia has also begun preproduction for Coyote Science season 3, a children’s show for the indigenous channel APTN as she was part of the editing team for seasons 1 and 2 for which she was nominated Best Editor of a Children’s series at the Leo Awards for both seasons. In February this year Tia returned home to Aotearoa to work on an independent feature documentary as DOP called Women of the Bones, following 3 women’s journeys of cultural connection and belonging, one woman being Tia herself. Another excellent indigenous short ilm Tia edited soon to be released is Whale, shot in Nuuchahnulth Territory, Vancouver Island. A huge highlight for Tia was attending the Toronto International Film Festival to interview Taika Waititi at the Premiere of his ilm JoJo Rabbit for Maori Televisions Te Ao News and two short indigenous ilms edited by Tia premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year. One of her passions is striving to create International Solidarity by building synergies between Indigenous Creative communities. She believes in working towards Self Determination for all peoples, through Creative Resistance, Creative Communications. She has skills in multi media production, critical analysis of the world we live in today and a deep respect for our Earth Mother Papatuanuku.