Dance blooms a celebration of community and identity in Santa Cruz, CA.
Content Warning: Mentions of racism
Bios: Helen serves the community through collective celebration, preservation, and care. They’ve worked to increase the presence and participation of QTBIPOC-led organizations in national archives, developed bilingual outreach programs to build community power in museums, and co-led efforts to distribute financial resources to peoples excluded from government aid. Little did they know that these relations would lead them to create short films centering stories of cultural healing and love. With their family as a guiding star, Helen's work is committed to honor home, trust, and tequio. Helen is an abuelita-in-training learning to steward land and connections for a world where Indigenous, trans, and immigrant communities thrive as their full selves.
Megan Martinez Goltz is a documentary filmmaker, editor, and audio recordist based in Santa Cruz, California. Working to eliminate erasure of indigenous traditions and practices, Megan shares stories to promote collective and individual healing. They work with the LGBTQ community to share stories that celebrate the authentic identities of individuals in ways that invite inclusion for folks to feel a sense of belonging. Megan is passionate about learning ancestral ways of cultivating the earth for food and medicine and weaving these practices into the stories they share.