PAZARTESİ, NİSAN 9, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Over the last three months, the diplomacy traffic of Ankara to prevent the Armenian Genocide Resolution to pass in the Congress drew many parliamentarians, businessmen and politicians to New York and Washington D.C. As a journalist who has been living in the U.S. more than 10 years now, it was interesting but not shocking to hear that every single one of them diagnosed and verbalized the same problem that they saw in Washington: Turkey is still very little known in the U.S.Since Turkish-American relations are not at the best level, Ankara now more than ever feels the need for good publicity in the U.S. Awaiting the Armenian Resolution in the House of Representatives, Turkey's ignored demands on Kirkuk referendum, continuing isolation of Northern Cyprus, still passive White House on PKK terror: all these issues that are very important for Turkey can only be brought up in Washington if and only if more politicians take an interest in Turkey.
Enough with Turks as bad guys:
Leslie Bates-Büyüktürko?lu, President and CEO of uniCvisions, is very well aware of the lack Turkey's public image in this country as a Turkish-American. Bates has an interesting idea to improve the Turkish image in the U.S. Leslie Bates- Büyüktürko?lu and her husband-partner, Aclan Büyüktürko?lu who own the film production company uniCvisions in Los Angeles figured that the best way to work on the Turkish image was the same way it had been damaged in the U.S.: film. It is about time Turks are shown in positive roles as the main characters, not just secondary and bad-guy roles. It is obvious that until Turks are seen as the good-guys or at least normal people no one would listen to them on any issue, let alone the Armenian tragedy Bates says reminding us the effects of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding in the U.S. With this goal in mind uniCvisions has put together a slate of films including a romance, an action thriller, and an epic, all aimed at methodically improving the Turkish image. The first film, Broken Angel, will be shot in Los Angeles, with mostly Turkish actors in all of the major roles starting May 14, to be released during the summer around the world.
Enter Broken Angel:
Adapted from the novel, Rüzgarly ?ehir (Windy City) by Tülay Pyrlant, Broken Angel is the story of a Turkish girl (played by Nehir Erdo?an) who comes to the United States looking for the life she saw on TV, only to find the reality is far different and deadlier. Her only true friend is the only person who doesn't need language to communicate, a deaf artist. uniCvisions' prophecy does not end here. Bates says many big businesses such as Coca Cola and Nike give back to their community through charitable contributions and programs, uniCvisions can too. For this purpose uniCvisions chose the Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) as the recipient, enabling them to give back to Turkey. The BTF, established in 2003 as a philanthropic bridge between the United States and Turkey, raises funds from the Turkish-American community which they use for regular charitable organizations or for purchases such as equipment for schools in rural areas.
Vision to Trabzon:This is how Bates summarizes their vision:The main point about this film is that we are trying to do good for the community in as many ways as possible:
1. Improve the Turkish image by featuring Turkish people in hero roles, not bad guys and not just supporting.
2. Give back to our roots and the Turkish community through alliances with the BTF and others.
3. Enable the entire community to participate through investment or sponsorship or donationHowever she also adds in any well-run business, there should be a profit. uniCvisions knows that Broken Angel will turn a good profit. By keeping the budget low, it is easier not only to recover the initial investment, but also turn a very sizable profit to roll into the next film in the series, the romance which we hope to shoot in Trabzon.So on until instead of hearing Oh, like in Midnight Express, when they say they're Turks, the non-Turk? says, Oh, like in
! You will be able to fill in that blank with any film made by uniCvisions. With these words Bates not only perfectly summarizes their purpose as filmmakers but also hints at an important direction that Turkey should consider.
CUMARTESİ, HAZİRAN 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
Kaynak : HelixFilmsInc.com
PAZAR, MAYIS 27, 2012
65. Cannes Film Festivali kapany? töreninde Ylk Altyn Palmiye Kysa Film dalynda verildi.
En Yyi Kysa Film ödülünü 'Sessiz' filmiyle Rezan Ye?ilba? kazandy.
Belçim Bilgin ve Cem Bender'in ba?rollerinde oldu?u, daha önce Akbank Kysa Film yary?masynda en iyi film ödülü de alan film, Kültür ve Turizm Bakanly?y Sinema Müdürlü?ü'nün deste?iyle Diyarbakyr'da çekildi.
'Sessiz' Cannes'da kysa film kategorisinde bugüne dek Türkiye'den yary?an dördüncü film. Bundan önce Koza filmi ile Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Kyyyda filmiyle Ebru Ceylan ve Poyraz filmiyle Belma Ba? festivalin yary?maly bölümüne seçilmi?ti. 1939 yylyndan bu yana Cannes'da uzun metraj kategorisinde yary?an ve ba?ary elde eden toplam yedi filmimizin yönetmenleri, Yylmaz Güney, Nuri Bilge Ceylan ve Fatih Akyn olmu?tu.
Kaynak : www.ensonhaber.com