Can Candan (Director/Producer, Turkey)
Documentary Filmmaker and Academician. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in filmmaking and media arts in the USA (Hampshire College, 1992 and Temple University, 1999). His films Boycott Coke (1989), Exodus (1991), DuvarlarMauernWalls (2000), 3 Hours (2008) and My Child (2013) have been screened at universities, festivals, movie theaters and television channels, and have won awards. He has taught in the field of film and media arts at various universities and institutions in the USA until 2000, and in Turkey since then. Since 2007 he has been teaching at Bogazici University in Istanbul. The same year he became a founding member of docistanbul, the Center for Documentary Studies.
Christian Bergmann (Producer, Germany)
Political Scientist and Curator. He completed his BA in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and his MA in Labour Policies and Globalization at the Global Labour University in Kassel/Berlin in Germany. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Kassel and an affiliated researcher at the Social Policy Forum at Bogazici University in Istanbul, writing his thesis is on “The Turkish Taxation System and Social Inequalities in Turkey”. He is also the initiator and curator of the exhibition project “77□13 – Political Art and Resistance in Turkey” that took place in July/August 2015 at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in Berlin. He works and lives in Istanbul.
Ayşe Çetinbaş (Producer, Turkey)
Producer and director. She graduated from the Economics Department of Istanbul University and has worked as a producer in various domestic and international documentary projects. She was the producer of the documentary ‘Prison Nr.5: 1980-84’ which received the Antalya Golden Orange Best Documentary Award in 2009, the Best Documentary Award of 2009 from SIYAD (Association of Turkish Film Critics) and Best Documentary award at Ankara Film Festival in 2009. ‘Yıldız Alpar: From Bedii Raks Till Today’ was the first documentary she directed. She is the co-founder of Surela Film Productions, where she produced the recent feature documentaries such as My Child (2013), directed by Can Candan) and ‘Bakur/North’ (2015, directed by Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioglu) about the PKK guerrillas during the ceasefire period in Turkey.
Filiz Yavuz (Researcher/Advisor, Turkey)
Researcher, journalist, writer and activist based in Istanbul. She is an expert on NPPs in Turkey and author of the book Beni “Akkuyu”larda Merdivensiz Bıraktın: Türkiye’nin Nükleerle İmtihanı, published by Can Publishing house in 2015. She took part in anti-nuclear movement while she was a student of nuclear physics at the Istanbul University. She chose to work on ecological issues as an environment correspondent/editor, wrote many articles and did TV programmes. She completed her MA in Journalism writing her thesis on “Interactions of urban culture and news articles; cases of Istanbul and Madrid” at the Marmara University in Istanbul in Turkey and Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. Currently, she is a PhD student in Journalism at the Marmara University, writing her thesis is on “Reflection of anti-nuclear movement to printed media in the AKP era between 2002-2015.” She still works on nuclear energy, and ecology and recently published an article titled “Nuclear Energy: A Violation of human rights” in HBS’s Perspectives magazine May 2015 issue.
Cem Dinlenmiş (Illustrator, Turkey)
Caricaturist, illustrator and painter based in Istanbul. In 2004 he started his studies at Marmara University Department of Graphic Design. In 2005 he began making monthly editorial illustrations for Bant Magazine and drawing cartoons for PENGUEN, a popular humour magazine in İstanbul. In 2006, his political comic series “Her Şey Olur” has been published for the first time, a page he keeps drawing every week since then. In 2008 he was part of the collective “Connect the Dots” exhibition in Hafriyat Karaköy, and “Young İstanbul” exhibition in Stockholm Färgfabriken. He signed with the innovative İstanbul art gallery x-ist and found a chance to display his work in the gallery’s 3rd chapter of the Intersection series in which young artists of the gallery do intersect. In February 2010, he had his first solo show in x-ist. “Internal Affairs” which is consisting of 14 works, is his attempt of adding spatial ideas and mechanical details to form new layers and surfaces to paintings. Since 2010, his end-of-the-year-reviews “Her Şey Olur” are being published as books.
Selen Çatalyürekli (Assistant Director, Turkey)
Photographer, videographer and design researcher. She received her Bachelors degree from Sabancı University’s Social and Political Science program and her Masters degree in Industrial Product Design from İstanbul Technical University. She has focused on ‘Design for Public Space and Interdisciplinary Design’ in her academic studies. In her video and photography works she focuses on ecology movements, social rights issues and city games in public spaces. She also took part in various experimental and documentary projects that were collectively done at international level. Her documentary video As Everyone Knows (2015) narrates the social situation after the coal mine disaster in Soma.
Meryem Yavuz (Director of Photography, Turkey)
Cinematographer. She graduated from the department of Cinema-TV of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Her first feature Two Lines (İki Çizgi, 2008) was in Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week. She was selected for Berlinale Talent Campus 2009. Beside her two national Best Cinematography awards with the short films, she was invited to world’s most prestigious cinematography festival Camerimage in 2012 with the short film Road to London. Eye Am (2013) received a national Best Film award and got Jury Prize in Moscow Film Festival 2014. Seaburners (2014) premiered in Berlinale Forum. Up to date, she worked as a cinematographer in Turkiye, Brazil, France, Armenia and Greece.
Oğuz Kaynak (Sound Director, Turkey)
Oğuz Kaynak had graduated from Istanbul University Radio TV Cinema department and got his MA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University Film & TV department. After finishing his MA thesis that focused on film sound, he worked in various national and international projects as a sound designer, sound editor and production sound mixer. He produced radio programs on film music and guitar music for 10 years in the national radio, TRT Radio 3. He is one of the co-founders of Giyotin Film. Since 2007 he is working in Giyotin Film as a producer and sound designer. The films he produced and did the sound design; Monsters’ Dinner (2011) got the jury award in Golden Orange Film Festival and The Impeccables (2013) won the best film and best director awards in the same festival.
İlke Ercan (Scientific Advisor, Turkey)
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. İlke earned her doctorate degree in February 2014 from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has an M.S.E.C.E. with concentration in Electrophysics from the same department, a B.S. in Physics and an undergraduate minor degree in Philosophy and History of Science from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Upon completing her PhD, she worked as a Visiting Faculty at Smith College Picker Engineering Program in Spring and Fall 2014. She pursued her postdoctoral research at the Institute for Semiconductor Technology and Nanoelectronics and Institute for Philosophy at TU Darmstadt in Spring and Summer 2015. During her career İlke partook in a number of research projects concerning ethics of science and engineering. Since Fall 2015, she works as a full-time faculty at Boğaziçi University where she collaborates with colleagues across departments on various scientific and social responsibility projects.
Saadet Özen (Archival Research Specialist, Turkey)
Saadet Özen was born in Istanbul. After her graduation from the French high school Notre Dame de Sion, she received her BA at the Department of Archaeology and Art History, Istanbul University. Subsequently she worked as an editor at Can Yayınları (1997-2006). In 2011, she earned her MA at the University of Boğaziçi, Department of History with her study on the Manaki Brothers’ still and moving images during the Young Turk Revolution. Currently a PhD candidate at the same department, her main areas of research are the political use of visual material (photography, advertisement material, postcards etc.), the consumption and perception of industrial food in the late Ottoman era, and the history of tourism. She has published two books: Notre Dame de Sion, 150 Yılın Tanığı (Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, 2006), and Çukulata, Çikolatanın Yerli Tarihi (Çukulata / A Turkish History of Chocolate, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, 2014). As translator, she translated several books from French, English, and Spanish into Turkish. She has participated in the production of several documentary films, as “Mustafa” (by Can Dündar, archival researcher, 2006), “Ankara” (2011), and “The Last Caliph” (2013, co-writer and co-director).
Yaprak Aydın (Assistant to the Director, Turkey)
She completed her education in sociology and cultural studies (Bosporus University – Istanbul in 2011 and Goldsmiths College – London in 2013). In the meantime, she had worked for few featured and short documentary projects (My Child, 2013 and Parkour: the movements stolen by the city from us 2014). After completing her education, she has worked for various non-governmental organisations and gained different experiences. Today, she is living in Çanakkale and working at her own horse-farm.