December 22 - January 9| Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul

December 9|  Screening of Winter Sleep

September 19 - October 19| The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition





Tribeca Film Festival Screening: Jîn 

The Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society is pleased to co-host the

North American Premiere of


A Film by Reha Erdem
Presented by Tribeca Film Festival

Monday, April 22
Screening Time: 5:30pm
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea, Theater 4
260 West 23rd Street

Tuesday, April 23
Screening Time: 6pm
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea, Theater 7
260 West 23rd Street

Friday, April 26
Screening Time: 12pm
AMC Loews Village, 7-1
66 Third Avenue

Saturday, April 27
Screening Time: 9:30pm
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea, Theater 6
260 West 23rd Street

Reha Erdem will be in attendance for all screeneings except Saturday, April 27

For tickets, click here

2012 | 122 minutes | Narrative Feature
In Kurdish, Turkish with English Subtitles


Cast & Credits

Written and Directed by Reha Erdem
Produced by Claudine Avetyan, Omer Atay
Featuring Deniz Hasgüler, Onur Ünsal, Sabahattin Yakut, Yıldırım Şimşek, Sema Kuray

Gunfire punctures the serene forest as a group of Kurdish rebel-fighters make their way through the Turkish outback. With only the moonlight to guide her, young Jîn abandons her squad. In search of family and a civil world, she crosses over enemy lines and embarks on a harrowing odyssey through a threatening landscape. Amid random bombings and aggressive opposition, Jîn’s courage is continually tested. Thwarted by incessant attacks from all sides, she seeks protection in the mountains, only to find solace in the wild creatures of the rural sanctuary.

Reha Erdem

Reha Erdem was born in Istanbul and graduated from the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed the features Oh, Moon!, A Run for Money, What’s a Human Anyway?, Times and Winds, My Only Sunshine and Kosmos, as well as several short films. He recently directed the stage play Maids (Les Bonnes) by Jean Genet.


New Directors/New Films: Kuf/ Mold Screening

Moon and Stars Project is pleased to support the

North American Premiere of


A Film by Ali Aydın
Featured at New Directors / New Films*
Presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art

Thursday, March 21
Screening Time: 8:30pm
MoMa Titus 1
11 West 53rd Street

Saturday, March 23
Screening Time: 6pm
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, 4th Floor

For tickets, click here

Winner – 69th Venice Film Festival - International Critics Week "Lion of The Future Award"

2012/ DCP/ 94 minutes
In Turkish with English Subtitles

Cast & Credits

Written and Directed by Ali Aydın
Produced by Gökçe Işıl Tuna, Sevil Demirci, Cengiz Keten, and Ali Aydın
Featuring Ercan Kesal, Muhammet Uzuner, and Tansu Biçer

A railroad inspector spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government looking for news about his son who disappeared 18 years ago. Basri (Ercan Kesal) fights bureaucracy and secrecy in the person of police inspector Murat (Muhammet Uzuner) and the spellbinding character study, with shades of Raskolnikov, is completed by a third man, Cemil, whose anti-social behavior begs confrontation. As tension mounts Aydın shows his considerable talent bringing this poignant tale to its heartbreaking finale.

Ali Aydın

Born in 1981, Ali Aydın lives in Istanbul. He studied art management at Yıldız Technical University. He has worked as an assistant director in various films and television series. He also works
as a scriptwriter. "Mold " is his feature debut as a scriptwriter and a director.

*New Directors/New Films is an annual showcase of work by emerging filmmakers from around the world.

ND/NF: Short Films from Turkey


Engin Kundag | 2012 | Germany/Turkey | 26m
When Noah's father is about to die he makes a 3.000 miles
journey to Mount Ararat. Where exactly will lead the best intentions
of a man who left his village so long ago and is now nothing more than a stranger?

As part of an 83-minute short film series, Ararat will be screening on the following two days:

Saturday, March 30
Screening Time: 1pm
MoMa Titus 2
11 West 53rd Street

Sunday, March 31
Screening Time: 4pm
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, 4th Floor

To purchase tickets, click here.

Take a Deep Breath / Derin Nefes Al

Başak Büyükçelen | 2012 | Turkey | 8m
When a teenager's parents take her to see a
gynecologist, her life takes an unexpected

As part of an 83-minute short film series, Take a Deep Breath / Derin Nefes Al will be screening on the following two days:

Saturday, March 30
Screening Time: 1pm
MoMa Titus 2
11 West 53rd Street

Sunday, March 31
Screening Time: 4pm
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, 4th Floor

To purchase tickets, click here.


Jordi Wijnalda | 2013 | USA/Turkey | 16m
In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save
the lives of illegal immigrants but is forced
to confront the unattended needs of those who
love her. World Premiere!

As part of an 83-minute short film series, Southwest will be screening on the following two days:

Saturday, March 23
Screening Time: 1pm
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, 4th Floor

Sunday, March 24
Screening Time: 3pm
MoMa Titus 2
11 West 53rd Street

To purchase tickets, click here.

All directors will be in attendance


TCF & MASP Supported Turkish Film Series in Various U.S. Centers

A major Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) grant to Moon and Stars Project (MASP) has continued to bring Turkish films to cinema audiences in several US cities this year. Since 2005, this collaborative effort between TCF and MASP has enabled the screening of Turkish films at film festivals around the country by local Turkish American associations.

This year, various films by internationally-acclaimed directors were screened at the following festivals:

The Chicago Turkish Film Series, which took place at the Gene Siskel Film Centre (September 9-October 3, 2012), screened 8 films, and was attended by hundreds of viewers.

The 8th Madison Turkish Film Festival, which was hosted by the Madison Association of Turkish Students at The Marquee in Union South (October 20-21, 2012) and showed 4 films.

The 6th Milwaukee Turkish Film Series (November 2-4, 2012), which took place at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Union Theatre and screened 5 films.

The Seattle Turkish Film Festival (November 2-4, 2012), where 6 films were screened, and the opening reception of which was attended by the director Çağan Irmak.

The films screened across the different festivals this year were: “My Grandfather’s People” (2011) by the internationally celebrated director Çağan Irmak, “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (2011) by the two-time Cannes prix recipient Nuri Bilge Ceylan, “Polluting Paradise” (2012) a documentary by Fatih Akın, “Love Likes Coincidences” (2011) by Ömer Faruk Sorak, “Our Grand Despair” (2011) by Seyfi Teoman, “Future Lasts Forever” (2011) by Özcan Alper, “Pomegranate” (2011) by Ümit Ünal, “Can” (2011) by Raşit Çelikezer, “Love in Another Language” (2009) and “Merry-Go-Round” (2011) by İlksen Başarır, “Majority” (2010) by Seren Yüce, “Honey” (2010) by Semih Kaplanoğlu, “Summer Book” (2008) by Seyfi Teoman, “On the Way to School” (2008) a documentary by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, “My Aunt” (1986) by Halit Refiǧ, and “O Beautiful Istanbul” (1966) by Atıf Yılmaz.



The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey

April 27 - May 10, 2012
Walter Reade Theater
Lincoln Center, New York City



 For up-to-date information on The Space Between click here.

You can sponsor a film at "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" program with a contribution of $2,500 through our Adopt-A-Film program. Films up for adoption include classics such as Yilmaz Guney's internationally acclaimed masterpiece Yol, Winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, 1982; film adaptations of popular novels such as Omer Kavur's Anayurt Oteli and Atif Yilmaz's Selvi Boylum, Az Yazmalim; as well as well-known contemporary examples like Vizontele, Itiraf and Teyzem.

For a complete list of films you can adopt, follow this link.

Benefits of Adopt-A-Film include:

  • Name recognition before your adopted film, and mention in the program catalog
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Tax-deductible contribution

You can adopt for yourself, as a family/group of friends, or consider this as a gift to a loved one.
For more information on Adopt-A-Film, click here.

Your generous support of "The Space Between" will represent a lasting legacy in the greater appreciation of the cinema, history, society and culture of Turkey in the United States.

Levels of sponsorship:

  • Lead Sponsor - Company logo and name featured at film screenings and in all printed and electronic materials + Opportunities for exclusive side events
  • Sponsor - Company logo featured at film screenings, in the catalog and Society materials; company name featured in most printed and electronic materials
  • Supporter - Company logo featured at film screenings, in the catalog; company name featured in some printed and electronic materials

For more information on sponsorship opportunities with "The Space Between", click here.




"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum

Moon and Stars Project is pleased to support

A Film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Presented by The Cinema Guild

Opening on Wednesday, January 4
Film Forum

209 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014

Wednesday, January 4 – Tuesday, January 17 • Two Weeks
Screening Times: 1:00 PM 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

For tickets, click here


Winner – Grand Prize; Cannes Film Festival 2011
2011/35mm/157 min.
In Turkish with English Subtitles

“Both beautiful and beautifully observed, with a delicate touch and flashes of humor and horror.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Turkey’s finest filmmaker…has made his finest movie to date. A bravura meditation on the inscrutable cosmos. Bleakly comic, superbly crafted, highly rigorous… confirms its maker’s international status.”
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“Masterful. Ceylan saves up and delivers his jewel-like surprises with the precision of a Chekhov.”
– Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

“A mesmerizing police procedural.”
– Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“A wonderful drama about a police investigation that takes law enforcers and a murder suspect into the desolate Anatolian countryside in search of the buried murdered victim. Also buried, as Ceylan and his remarkable actors reveal, are a host of hypocrisies, fears and unexpected motives that drive the characters and their actions.”
–Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International


Cast & Credits

Written and Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Produced by
Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan
Featuring Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Fırat Tanış and Ercan Kesal

From the acclaimed director of Distant and Climates: In the dead of night, a group of men — including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, and a murder suspect — drive through the tenebrous Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can’t remember where he buried the body. As the night draws on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators’ own secrets and hypocrisies come to light. Nothing is what it seems, and when the body is found, the real questions emerge.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959 and was brought up in the rural region of Antelonia. After initially studying engineering, he changed track and studied filmmaking at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. An accomplished photographer, he was first noticed for his 1995 short film Koza (The Cocoon), which was a Cannes Film Festival selection, later he shot his first full-length film, Kasaba (The Small Town), in 1997. The Small Town won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Nantes Film Festival, the Caligari Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Best Film and Best Cinematography Awards at Cologne Film Festival. Ceylan’s second feature film, Mayıs Sıkıntısı (Clouds of May) won 18 international awards including Best Film at Premiere Plans Film Festival, and the International Competition Section of the 19th International İstanbul Film Festival. Ceylan’s Uzak (Distant) won the Grand Prix and Best Actor Awards at Cannes Film Festival in 2003. His most recent film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was awarded with the Grand Jury Prize at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in May 2011.


Koza  / The Cocoon (short)
Kasaba / The Small Town
Mayıs Sıkıntısı / Clouds of May
Uzak / Distant
İklimler / Climates
Üç Maymun / Three Monkeys
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da / Once Upon a Time in Anatolia