EVENTS CALENDAR

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


 

 

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Crude

Crude

2003, 90 minutes
Directed by Paxton Winters
Written by Paxton Winters, Kerimcan Güleryüz and Oliver Perrin 
Story by Paxton Winters and Sam Urton 
Cinematography by Paxton Winters
Edited by Aylin Zoi Tinei
Produced by Mehmet Eryılmaz
Executive Producers: Lisa Muskat and Phyllis Kaufman
Featuring Paul Schneider, David Connolly, Yiğit Özşener, Mehmet Güleryüz, İpek Değer 

Tickets: $8 (Adults), $5 (Students/Members/Seniors)

Two hapless, slightly dim Americans in search of inspiration and adventure discover a mysterious country rich in beauty and intrigue. After losing their money in Turkey, they hatch a scheme to find and interview a terrorist, in hopes of selling a recording of the results. When this proves tougher than they figured, they settle on faking their own kidnapping. The film takes a satirical look at patriotism, globalism, and media sensationalism and was shot on location in Istanbul, Southeastern Turkey, the Aegean Coast, and New York. Paxton Winters says that prior to embarking on his first narrative film, he was "inspired by a tradition of Iranian filmmakers who produce innovative films despite or even fueled by their significant limitations. He avers that, "with 'Crude', my initial attempt was to create something with cross-cultural appeal that would be slightly quirky - yet not slip into the realm of stereotype... And I could think of no better place to explore the distinctions between East and West than on its proverbial bridge." The film was shot entirely on digital video.

Festivals and Awards

2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival (USA): Target Filmmaker Award for 
Best Narrative Feature
Seattle International Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention

Contact Info

Mehmet Eryılmaz
Tel: 90 532 508 8383
E-Mail: mehmet.eryilmaz@aigbv.com
Sales Agent: Ronna Wallace 
Tel: 212 751 6234
E-Mail: ROWestgate@aol.com

Wednesday
Aug082012

Alltag / Everyday

Alltag / Everyday

2002, 90 minutes
Directed by Neco Çelik
Written by Neco Çelik and Nadya Derado
Story by Florian Panzner, Neelesha BaVora, Kida Ramadan and Erhan Emre 
Cinematography by Peter Steuger
Music by Enis Rotthoff
Produced by TeamWorx/BR
Featuring Erhan Emre, Andreas Guenther, Neelesha BaVora, Florian Panzer 

Tickets: $8 (Adults), $5 (Students/Members/Seniors)

Alltag (Everyday) tells the story of a tough neighborhood nicknamed "Little Istanbul" for its large Turkish immigrant population in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Veit manages a small laundromat in the neighborhood. He has a sister who helps him out financially, a drug-addicted brother, a mentally-ill mother, and a beautiful Turkish neighbor, Aliyah, who is engaged to a Turkish man. A deadly competition develops between Veit and Aliyah's fiancé, culminating in a brutal fight on a subway platform. According to Richard Bernstein of The New York Times, "Mr. Çelik is not interested in a storybook ethnic conflict. His film is not a German 'Mississippi Marsala,' or a 'Romeo and Juliet,' in which it is the ethnic difference itself that creates either the comedy or the tragedy. In 'Alltag' there is only one culture, the desperation-tinged youth culture of Kreuzberg itself, and while that may not exactly correspond to real life, it is Kreuzberg's separateness from the rest of Germany, and not the separateness of those who live within the district, that Mr. Celik wanted to depict." 

Festivals and Awards

2001 Hofer Film Tage (Germany)

Contact Info

Neco Çelik & Erhan Emre
36Pictures.com
Reichenbergerstr. 30
10999 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 49 30 695 36316

Wednesday
Aug082012

Piano, Piano Bacaksız / Piano, Piano Kid

Piano, Piano Bacaksız / Piano, Piano Kid

1990, 130 minutes
Directed by Tunç Başaran
Written by Tunç Başaran, Ümit Ünal and Kemal Demirel
Cinematography by Colin Mounier 
Edited by Veli Akbaşlı
Music by Can Kozlu
Produced by Çiçek Film, Arif Keskiner 
Featuring Serap Aksoy, Rutkay Aziz, Taner Barlas, Emin Sivas, Meriç Başaran, Meral Çetinkaya, Yalçın Güzelce, Yaman Okay

Tickets: $8 (Adults), $5 (Students/Members/Seniors)

This warm-hearted family drama is adapted from Kemal Deviren's novel Evimizin İnsanları and is told from the viewpoint of Kemal, an eight-year-old in 1940s İstanbul. Kemal lives with his father, who gambles too much, and his mother, an amateur actress, in a big house that they rent out to boarders to supplement their income. An admittedly precocious child, Kemal attempts to improve the family's fortunes by capitalizing on his interest in coin collecting. The film won the Best Director award at the 10th Istanbul Film Festival and takes its name from a scene in the film where Kerem's uncle encourages him to go through life softy, or "piano, piano." 

Festivals and Awards

1992 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Best Upcoming Actor (Emin Sivas)
1991 International Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director

Contact Info

Magnum Film Ltd.
Pitrak Sokak, No: 7/4
34800 Yeşilyurt, İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: 90 212 573 2879
Fax: 90 212 573 7343
E-mail: tjbasaran@ibm.net

 

Wednesday
Aug082012

Salkım Hanımın Taneleri / Mrs. Salkım's Diam

Salkım Hanımın Taneleri / Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds

1999 Color, 120 minutes
Directed by Tomris Giritlioğlu
Script by Tamer Baran and Etyen Mahçupyan
Cinematography by Yavuz Türkeri and Ercan Yılmaz
Edited by Mevlüt Koçak
Music by Tamer Çıray
Featuring Hülya Avşar, Zuhal Olcay, Zafer Algöz, Güven Kıraç, Kamuran Usluer, Derya Alabora, Uğur Polat

Tickets: $8 (Adults), $5 (Students/Members/Seniors)

Based on the book of the same name by Yılmaz Karakoyunlu, this award-winning drama is set in the latter part of the World War II era, when the government of the young Turkish Republic instituted the infamous "Wealth Tax" for all non-Muslims. The film follows the plight of one family and traces how they were affected by the tax and other policies directed at non-Muslim ethnic minorities. According to the Turkish Daily News, the film "shows that a large community in Turkey is ready to share its country's 'dirty laundry' with the world" and " join the long list of nations and communities who are trying to apologize for a past they are not proud of." Salkım Hanımın Taneleri (Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds) swept the 36thAntalya Film Festival, winning for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Music, Best Art Direction, and Best Editing. The film features stellar performances by award-winning actresses Zuhal Olcay and Derya Alabora. 

Festivals and Awards

2002 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Mahmut Tali Öngören Award
1999 Antalya Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film, Best Actor (Uğur Polat), Best Music, Best Art Direction, Best Editing

Contact Info

Pi Film Production
Istiklal Caddesi, Arda Apt., No: 471/3
Beyoglu 34420 Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: 90 212 292 0410
Fax: 90 212 292 3067
E-mail: info@pifilmproduction.com
www.pifilmproduction.com

Monday
Aug062012

Gönderilmemiş Mektuplar / Letters Unsent

Gönderilmemiş Mektuplar / Letters Unsent

2003, 110 minutes
Written and directed by Yusuf Kurçenli
Cinematography by Mehmet Aksın
Art Direction by Selda Ülkenciler
Edited by Niko
Music by Atilla Özdemiroğlu
Produced by Nesteren Davutoğlu
Executive Producer: Özlem Yurtsever
Featuring Türkan Şoray, Kadir İnanır, Aytaç Arman, Suna Selen, Rojda Demirer, Melike Demirağ, Levent Yüksel 

Tickets: $8 (Adults), $5 (Students/Members/Seniors)

Twenty years after deserting his hometown, Cem returns to Amasra, where secrets and painful memories await him at every corner. He arrives shortly after the death of his father and is greeted by a mournful and silent mother. Cem also learns that his former love, Gülfem, has married another man. A twist of fate leads to an encounter with her daughter, Ceren, who is the host of a local radio program. Cem joins Ceren on the program to read segments of unsent letters, thus revealing many secrets from a distant past. The film stars Turkish film legends Türkan Şoray and Kadir İnanır, who are reunited on the silver screen after a twenty-four year break. Director Yusuf Kurçenli offers a complex cinematic rendering of the relationship between Şoray and İnanir's characters. The film also stars Suna Selen, who was the recipient of the Best Actress award at the 22ndInternational Istanbul Film Festival.

Festivals and Awards:

2003 International İstanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Actress (Suna Selen)

Contact Info

Pi Film Production
İstiklal Caddesi, Arda Apt., No: 471/3
Beyoğlu 34420 İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: 90 212 292 0410
Fax: 90 212 292 3067
E-mail: info@pifilmproduction.com
www.pifilmproduction.com