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May 16, 2014  -  7:30pm

Butterfly's Dream - Post-Screening Q&A with actor Mert Fırat

Mert Fırat, Actor, "Butterfly's Dream"
Mert Fırat  was born in Ankara, Turkey. He took courses on Radio & Television in Sweden and returned to Ankara to continue pursuing a degree in acting, finishing his degree at Ankara University in 2006.  He wrote two films with Iİlksen Başarır, Başka Dilde Aşk and Atlıkarınca; and has participated in theater.

May 17, 2014  -  6:00pm

Ships - Post-Screening Q&A with director Elif Refiğ 

Elif Refiğ, Director, "Ships"
completed her M.F.A. in Film at Columbia University in New York City. She is the recipient of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism script development grants and production fund for her debut feature Ferahfeza (Ships), which was also a participant of the Istanbul International Film Festival Meetings on the Bridge Co-Production Workshop in 2010 and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Works in Progress section in 2011.

May 17, 2014  -  8:30pm 

Yozgat Blues - Post-Screening Q&A with director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun

Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, Director, "Yozgat Blues"
Mahmut was born in Turkey in 1973. After graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Yıldız Technical University in 1995, he completed his studies at the Department of Film, TV and Digital Media at UCLA, where he received the Knightly Hours Awards for Lighthouse (Deniz Feneri). He has been working professionally as a documentary and commercial director in Istanbul.

May 18, 2014  -  6:30pm

My Child - Post-Screening Panel discussion with director Can Candan and other experts.


Chuck  Hadad, Emmy-award-winning Producer of Anderson Cooper 360o, CNN
Chuck Hadad is a 4 time Emmy-award-winning producer for CNN's Andrson Cooper 360o. He has extensively covered the issue of bullying of the LGBT community through his career, including producing the Emmy-award winning town hall special "Bullying: It Stops Here" and directing he CNN Documentary "The Bully Effect". Hadad also produced an acclaimed one-hour special detailing the struggles of Kristin Beck,  a transgender former Navy SEAL, titled "From Chris to Kristin". His second documentary , titled "The Survivor Diaries", aired in early April on CNN and his third documentary is currently in production. Hadad has traveled through the Middle East including Turkey, Syria and Egypt.


Mr. Can Candan, Director and Film Producer, "My Child" ; Faculty Member, Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey
Can Candan is a documentary filmmaker and an academician. He holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in film and video and an MFA from Temple University in film and media arts. His work have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, in galleries and on television. He is also a founding member of docIstanbul - Center for Documentaries Studies. "My Child" is his third feature documentary film.

Dr. Graeme Reid, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Graeme Reid is an expert on LGBT rights, He has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Reid was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University. 
Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

Dr. Gayatri Gopinath, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis; Director of Aisan/Pacific/American Studies program, NYU
Dr. Gopinath is the author of "Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures" (Duke University Press, 2005), and has published articles on gender, sexuality and south Asian diasporic culture in numbers anthologies and in journals such as GLQ, Social Text, Positions, and Diaspora. She received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Colombia University, and was faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of California-Davis prior to joining NYU.

May 21, 2014  -  6:30pm

Girls of Hope  Post-Screening Panel Discussion "Girls Education Globally and Storytelling for Social Change"


Selen Ucak, Executive Director, The American Turkish Society 
Prior to her tenure as Executive Director of The Society since 2006, Selen was a founding consultant for Turkish Philanthropy Funds; co-author of a pioneering study on social entrepreneurship; program officer at Tiger Foundation; and assistant director/research fellow at Jerome Levy Forecasting Center. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School as the first Tashman Turkish Fellow and a B.A. in Economics/International Affairs, summa cum laude, from Colorado College. Selen serves as an advisor in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and international development. 


Ayşegül Selenga Taşkent, Director, "Girls of Hope"
Ayşegül was born in Ankara and has had a passion for cinema since her childhood. She received her MA degree in Media Studies at Southhampton Solent University in England, and and MFA degree in Media Arts Production at SUNY Buffalo, where she taught and studied media arts production and documentary filmmaking. She is a faculty member at Bahçeşehir University, Film and TV Department in Istanbul and is working on further documentary films.

Holly Carter, Founder & Executive Director, ByKids 

Holly began her career as a writer and editor for the New York Times and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. Since then she has lived in Korea as a Henry Lucas scholar and print and television journalist; produced the award winning documentary "Margaret Sanger"; produced the PBS series "Media Matters"; and most recently was the Executive Director of The Global Film Initiative.
ByKids is a non-profit organization pairing master filmmakers with youth from around the world to create short documentaries that educate Americans about globally relevant issues.

Carmen Morcos, Program Officer for Latin America, EMpower
Carmen is responsible for developing and managing guaranteed partnerships in the Latin America region for the Emerging Markets Foundation (EMpower). Prior to joining EMpower, Ms. Morcos consulted for various international development organizations such as the Nike Foundation, Population Council, and Save the Children in youth- and adolescent girl-centered projects. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, and a joint Master's degree in Business Administration and Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 
EMpower  is a not-for-profit organization that connects the resources of emerging markets professionals worldwide with the vitality of local organizations to provide at-risk youth with the tools and resources they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

Şenay Ataselim Yilmaz, PhD, COO, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
Şenay has extensive experience in non-profits, community organizing and philanthropy. She joined TPF in its start-up phase, taking an active role in developing the organization’s structure first in her role as a consultant throughout 2006 and early 2007, then as the Chief Operating Officer. Şenay was appointed as an International Herst Fellow by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program in 2005. Şenay holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration, University of Ankara and an MPA in Public Policy and Non-profit Management, Baruch College. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TFP) is a non-profit organization that seeks to maximize the impact of giving, with a particular focus on Turkey. TPF finds and funds the most effective programs, and partners with them to maximize results.


May 23, 2014  -  7:30

Blue Wave - Post-Screening Q&A with directors Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan

Zeynep Dadak, Director, "Blue Wave"
Born in Balıkesir, Turkey, Zeynep Dadak has studied film. A doctoral candidate at New York University's Cinema Studies Department, she has been a writer/editor for Altyazı Film Magazine, Turkey's leading film monthly. Zeynep Dadak has directed and produced various short films/documentaries/music videos since 2001.

Merve Kayan, Director, "Blue Wave"
After growing up in Uzunköprü, Turkey, Merve Kayan studied at Denison University’s Cinema Department in Ohio. While making films and videos she collaborated with various filmmakers and visual artists in New York and Istanbul as editor and director of photography. She received her MFA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.