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Turkey's 'Historic' Broadcast of Holocaust Film Shoah

Image ISTANBUL // The director of a nine-hour documentary about the Holocaust called the decision by Turkey’s state-run television station to broadcast it last night historic. “This is proof of intelligence and courage,” Claude Lanzmann, a French filmmaker and director of Shoah, told The National by telephone from Paris yesterday. “It is an historical event. Turkey is the first [mainly] Muslim country to show a film like this.”

Bringing Hollywood to Turkey from Miami

With an annual turnover of 150 million dollars, in the Turkish film sector there is a fierce competition among the film distributors. Established in 1992 by a young entrepreneur Pamir Demirtas, Pinema is one of the major players in the sector. Distributing about 1000 films until today Pinema also distributed Alexander movie by Oliver Stone.

Hollywood Needs a Turkish Story

The Turkish image in Hollywood has revolved around movies with no artistic value but which were used to spread propaganda such as “Midnight Express”, directed by Oliver Stone, or “Laurence of Arabia” and “Ararat”. The Turkish characters are shown only when there is a need for an evil Middle Easterner in a scene or when a villain is needed for a fight scene with the main character.

Mardin Becoming Popular with Hollywood

Image Mardin has long been a favorite destination for local film and TV series producers and has now started to attract Hollywood producers as well. With its architectural, cultural and social texture and a history dating back some 7,000 years, Mardin has lured many local directors for movies, documentaries, TV series and clips.
 

After serving as the setting for “Ay Lav Yu,” a Turkish-American production, this historic city is preparing to serve as the setting for more Hollywood productions. American producer Manu Gargi and Turkish producer İlhan Kızılkaya recently paid a visit to Mardin, where they toured historic sites accompanied by Mardin Governor Hasan Duruer.

Le Meridien Announces Turkish Artists :mentalKLINIK As the Newest Members of the LM100 Family

MIAMI, Nov 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- From the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts today announced acclaimed Turkish artists Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, known as :mentalKLINIK, as the newest members of the LM100 family.

Seeking a Sponsor for a Movie about the Real Turkey

Aram Gulyuz is a scenarist, director, and producer who has created many TV serials, movies and TV programs that have been watched by millions in Turkey. His first movie was Sensiz Yıllar (Years without You), which he shot in 1960. So far Gulyuz has directed 154 films, produced 42 others and written 25 scenarios.

Seeking a Sponsor for a Movie about the Real Turkey

Aram Gulyuz is a scenarist, director, and producer who has created many TV serials, movies and TV programs that have been watched by millions in Turkey. His first movie was Sensiz Yıllar (Years without You), which he shot in 1960. So far Gulyuz has directed 154 films, produced 42 others and written 25 scenarios.

Turkey is Celebrated at Benefit Hosted by LA Phil International Committee

Image LOS ANGELES - The International Committee of the LA Philharmonic hosted "A Night of Turkish Delights" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 7, 2016 to spotlight Turkey. The fundraiser was organized in collaboration with the Turkish American Artist Bridge (TAAB) and benefited the LA Philharmonic orchestra.

Guns N' Roses Will Rock Istanbul

Image Guns N’ Roses will rock İstanbul this summer. Turkey will host the legendary American hard rock band for the third time when Guns N’ Roses takes to the stage July 6 in an as-yet-unspecified venue as part of an as-yet-unspecified open-air festival, according to the band’s official website, http://gunsnroses.com/.

A Stirring Moment in Jazz History to Echo in Turkish Embassy

ImageThe ghosts are jamming again. They're playing that hot jazz in the Turkish Embassy's old Sheridan Circle mansion, just as they did in the 1930s and '40s, when the ambassador's boys, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, were always inviting their favorite musicians over to hang and blow and thump. The informal, integrated gatherings achieved near-mythic status - "Washington's most famous private jam sessions," jazz journalist Bill Gottlieb called them in The Washington Post in 1943 - and then they evaporated into history.

"So many people don't know about it," said Namik Tan, Turkey's current ambassador. He's in the mansion's second-floor music parlor, envisioning Lester Young sitting in the wood-paneled room, coaxing those light, airy notes out of his tenor saxophone. Or maybe it's Benny Carter, making his alto sax sing. And aren't those the cats from Duke Ellington's band - Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard - on deck to play?
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