Tuesday, Sep 30, 2008
An American Carol written by David Zucker is due to be released on October 3rd, 2008. The leading role is played by the Turkish actor, Serdar Burhan Kalsin. He plays a terrorist filmmaker.
When David Zucker cast his newest film, An American Carol, Kalsin was the obvious choice for one of the leading roles. Kalsin had already been collaborating with Zucker on a series of commercials. Kalsin's success as both a Turkish actor and a Turkish filmmaker make him a formidable Turkish talent both at home in Turkey and at home in Los Angeles. So I had a chance to have an interview with him about himself and his role in American Carol for Turkish Journal
Could you talk a little bit about yourself?
I am a Turkish guy working hard to achieve my dreams. It doesnt happen quickly. Filmmaking is my sickness, success is my painkiller.
What's the strongest memory that comes to mind of growing up in Turkey?
The last big memory I have is the earthquake. I saw so many people in need and felt helpless. Outside of my career goals, I want to learn how to help people in this kind of situation. I owe it myself.
What is it about American Carol and the director interests you?
I grew up watching David Zucker comedies. He was, and still is, the most important person in Hollywood for me. I feel extremely fortunate to be in his movie, An American Carol, and to have a leading role. This is a major milestone for my career.
When the director offer you the part, what was your first feeling?
I actually said, Is this really happening?
Could you talk a little bit about working with David Zucker?
He is a comedic genius and he is also very honest about his work. He actually searches for jokes and finds ways to make them work on the set. As actors, we are part of that. We become his tools. Ive tried to learn as much as I can from him. He is amazing.
What was that experience like?
Surreal. To be working with your childhood filmmaker, as a major talent on his pet project. It is living the Cinderella story.
How do you keep up your enthusiasm for acting?
I find it challenging. Every day I am faced with another challenge. I enjoy overcoming each days obstacles. It gives me self confidence.
What are the advantages and disadvantages that you have experienced as a Turkish actor?
I am too busy to think about negativity. I dont want to concentrate on the disadvantages. I cant do anything about them. What I can do is try to use my differences to my advantage. Time keeps going. Life has no pit stops.
Do you bring your life experience to each role?
I played a terrorist in this movie. I dont think I can bring any life experience to the role.
Has traffic I rather live in Santa Monica. Seriously, Hollywood is where the movies are made. That is exciting. But make no mistake; there are plenty of hard working geniuses living here. The competition is very high.
What's the best piece of advice you will give to young Turkish actors who have plans of going to Hollywood?
Give yourself time, as much as 10 years, to just break even. Invest in a second career on the side. But, be ready for the chance when it happens.
Who's the most famous person in your contacts book?
My mom. I dont think there is a way to answer this question intelligently.
How are your intuitions? When you were in Turkey, could you think you will be in that position?
Not at all. If I had even a daydream like this I would slap myself.
How do you want to be remembered?
A nice guy who helps Turkish filmmakers make it in Hollywood.
Serdar Kalsin was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. From a young age, movies were his passion. Today Kalsin is an established Turkish actor and filmmaker in Hollywood. After completing his formal education in Istanbul, Kalsin left Turkey for New York and then Los Angeles where he attended film school and mastered the craft of cinematography and lighting. Kalsin was selected as the Director of Photography for the short film Diminished Fifth. The film went on to win several awards. His expertise landed him a number of camera jobs with established directors such as Roger Corman and he was soon hired as the Director of Photography for two full length feature films including Down and Distance with Gary Busey. Acting was always more of a hobby than a career goal for Kalsin, until the day he was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg for a role alongside Tom Hanks in The Terminal. The floodgates opened. Kalsin has appeared in a number of feature films, with stars such as Al Pacino. Particularly memorable, was his role as a tall and very angry Russian in "Be Cool" staring John Travolta. Kalsin has had a number of TV appearances as well, acting in short skits for Late Night with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live! These appearances led him to a fortuitous meeting with his comedic hero, Producer David Zucker. Kalsin is now working on several projects in both Hollywood and Istanbul. In the rare moments he's not working, he enjoys riding his BMW motorcycle, gardening and Turkish style Barbecue.
kaynak: Isil Oz (Turkish Journal)
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com