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Eminönü ’77 (Eminonu ’77)

Eminönü ’77  (Eminonu ’77)

Me and my brother made a one minute silent documentary which is the first film from our Super 8 film footage. We will make the second short documentary film (by using the whole film material) later. Stay tuned! 🙂

Synopsis: Eminonu ’77 is a Vintage Film was shot with a Super 8 movie camera. Filmed by our father in Istanbul in 1977,  mom and Okan take a small boat from Asian Side to European Side to visit Eminonu town which is especially famous with its historical  The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) and traditional pigeon feeding area located front of the mosque.

Edited & Produced & Directed by: Orkide & Okan Ünsür

Filmed by:  Ayhan Ünsür

Appearances:  Nermin & Okan Ünsür

New York Premiere of “Metruk”

Metruk (The Abandoned) had an invitation from New York couple of months ago.  It will take part at the Summer Festival Series (July 2 – 11) of NEWFILMMAKERS NY.

A screening program of short innovative and unconventional documentaries

Curated by Tova Beck-Friedman:







Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.

Place:  Anthology Film Archive, Deren Theater 32 Second Ave @ 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003


Interviewed by “Her Film”

Her Film” is a global project to build audiences for films by, for and about women. Her Film is run by Kyna Morgan in collaboration with Marian Evans  and with contributions by Lotus Wollschlager .  Kyna is a screenwriter and producer as well as a film publicity and marketing professional based in the U.S. and Toronto, Canada. Marian is a writer, cultural activist, filmmaker based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of the Wellywood Woman blog and podcast.  Lotus is the official Her Film Reviewer, and an avid movie enthusiast based in U.S.

“Her Film” begins its country-focused series with female filmmakers and I’m honored and glad to be the first interviewee from Turkey.  Many thanks for their interest and support.

Click here to read the interview:

(source: http://her-film.com/)

COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 is on IZ TV in October 2011

from the movie COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 (Archive Photography by Aykut Ünker)

IZ TV is Turkey’s first documentary channel. During its maiden season in 2006, IZ TV has received Hotbird’s Honorable Mention and in 2007, IZ TV has been honored as Europe’s best documentary channel.

8’den 8’e SAHİLDEKİLER ( COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 ) will be broadcast on IZ TV’s “Indie  Films” on October 23, 2011 at 06:45 a.m.

Check out its web site for my short film and watch the trailer they prepared.

* Many thanks again to my small crew and all friends who support me and my short film.

Documentary Project Development Workshop

One of the events of DOCUMENTARIST which is “Documentary Project Development Workshop” in cooperation with docİstanbul and MAFM (Mithat Alam Film Center) was held on the 27th of June 2010 at MAFM in University of Bosphorus. The participants discussed  the 5 different projects that were presented by their directors.

Can Candan who is one of founders of docİstanbul was the chairman of the workshop with the moderators director Berke Baş, director Elif Ergezen and Nil Perçinler. I believe this workshop was very productive not only for the project owners but also for all participants. Here are the projects and directors:

“Bir Birikimin Hikâyesi Birikim Degisi Belgeseli” (Director: Özgür Yıldız). “Büyük Valide Han” (Director: Burak Sevingen), “Görünmeyen Emek” (Directors: Güliz Sağlam ve Feryal Saygılıgil) Paleyi (Director: Rodi Yüzbaşı) ve “Ölümsüz Mari’nin Kısa Hikâyesi” (Director: Özgür Yaşaroğlu)

As participants we gave suggestions about their projects’ aim, the path to follow, the editing methods would be preferred etc. and we asked questions as well. All the participants were keen to see developing periods, progress of the projects promised to each other for meeting the next workshop.

Documentary Filmmaking In Balkans

“Documentary Filmaking in Balkans” panel meeting held on the 25th of June 2010, in Akbank Sanat, Beyoğlu. It was very useful for all the documentary filmmakers both young and old generation from Turkey. Many thanks to Documentarist organizators Necati Sönmez, Emel Çelebi and the panelists. Participants were Martichka Bozhilova (Director of Balkan Documentary Center), Dimitri Eipides (Director of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Thessaloniki International Film Festival), Rada Sesic (Sarajevo Film Festival, curator of the documentary section), Veton Nurkollari (Director of DokuFest, Kosovo), Julio Soto (Producer and director of “My Beautiful Dacia”). Panel moderator was director Emel Çelebi who won the Best Balkanian Documentary Film Award last year with her film “Sisters of Lillith’s”.

At first, Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) which is a new initiative based in Sofia was introduced to the audiences. Panelists discussed about the importancy of BDC which includes project development, finding co-producer, distribution and regional cooperation for  Balkanian documentary filmmakers.

During the event, Turkish filmmakers were invited to the most important documentary film festivals in the region such as  Sarajevo Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and  DokuFest by festivals’ directors. Then we watched some trailers such as “Run For Life” ( directed by  Mladen Maticevic), “Ken Lee” (a documentary is created by internet users) which are succesful and well known documentaries  all around the world. We also had a chance to take participants’  opinions about these documentaries and some essential tips about how to make a good documentary.

I think Rada Sesic’s words were one of the best advices for filmmakers who make film in every genre: “We have to support each others. Because good films situmulate the good ones.”

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” is awarded

Behind the Camera

“COASTLANDERS 8  to 8”  has won the 3rd Best Documentary Award in 8th Istanbul International Environmental Short  Films Festival, the Category of National Competition.

Festival closing and the award ceremony will be taken place  at  Atatürk Cultural Center in Büyükçekmece on Friday 11, 2010.

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” is in “Balıkesir Cinema Days”


from the movie COASTLANDERS 8 to 8

4th Balıkesir Cinema Days” which is organized by SAMDER (Balıkesir Association of  Cinema Amateurs ) will be held on 1-6 June 2010. “8’den 8’e SAHİLDEKİLER /COASTLANDERS 8 to 8″  is selected for this organization and it ill be screened on Friday June 4.

Festival Schedule

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” will be screened at the International Dhaka Film Festival

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” is selected as finalist for the “11th Dhaka International Film Festival”

The 11th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from 14 to 22 January 2010. ” Festival categories are; Competition Section, Retrospective, Women Filmmakers, Tribute(s), Cinema of the World, Focus, Bangladesh Panorama, Independent Films, Children’s Film Festival and Spiritual Films.

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” is the only Turkish film which is selected as finalist for the category of Women Filmmakers. A selection of full-length feature films as well as short length and documentary films by female filmmakers will be screened at this year’s DIFF. An independent jury of female filmmakers, cultural experts, artists, and professionals will be appointed by the Festival Committee to judge this portion of the competition.

List of the Festival Films:


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