Nazim Hikmet - 'Living is No Laughing Matter'

- DOCUMENTARY ON THE LIFE OF THE GREAT TURKISH POET NAZIM HIKMET
- LENGTH: 75 MIN.
- SHOT IN 16 MM FILM AND VIDEO IN TURKEY, RUSSIA, FRANCE, U.S. and U.K.

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THE CREW

  • Producer, Writer and Director - Stephanie Capparell

    Biography

  • Writer, Director - Niyazi Dalyanci

    Journalist in Istanbul. Partner in an independent broadcast news agency, BBA. Field producer for Worldwide Television News (WTN). Won the Sedat Simavi Award (Istanbul, 1979) for the film documentary "Inside the Kurdish Corridor," filmed in Iran and Iraq.

    Niyazi a political prisoner in Turkey following the 1980 military coup because of his membership in the Turkish Peace Association.


  • Editors - John Mullen, Michiel Pilgram, Ruth Schell

    John - A New York film editor, whose documentaries include "Where Do You Stand, the Story of an American Mill" (2004), "Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier" (1992) and "Beirut: The Last Home Movie" (1987).

    Michiel - Holland-born producer and film editor, who edits for PBS-TV in New York. Films include a documentary on Ansel Adams and the feature "Bobby G. Can't Swim."
    www.editspecialists.com

    Ruth - More than 40 years' experience in documentaries and feature films. Her documentary work includes "Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker" and "James Thurber" by Van Doren Productions, "A Life Apart" by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky, "Making Sense of the Sixties" by WETA/David Hoffman, "Van Gogh in Arles" for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Communism" and "Socialism" for National Geographic, "Vietnam: A TV History" for WGBH/Drew Pearson, and "Aqabat Jaber," directed by Eyal Sivan, awarded first prize, Film du Reel, Paris.

  • Camera - Hasan Gergin, Jonathon Slon, Cihat Taskin

    Hasan - Worked for Turkish television and on TV films such as "Istanbul Gentleman" and "Nightwatch." Documentaries include: "Last Words," about the last fluent speaker of a Caucasian dialect; and "Osman Hamdi," about the Turkish painter and photographer.

    Jonathon - Has worked on feature films, documentaries and training films as camera operator, location producer and director. Worked as an independent producer in U.S., Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His work includes "Ways of Knowing," Quinox Films/PBS WNET, a four-part series on language, and film "Gorillas in the Mist," Warner Bros./Universal Pictures.

    Cihat - Has worked as cameraman and assistant director on news segments and documentaries, including for Istanbul-based news agency BBA, BBC, ABC and NBC. Produced several serials for Turkish television. Documentaries include "Moustache," winner of Best Documentary at Antalya (Turkey) Film Festival 2001, and "State of Sleep," Best Experimental Short Film at Ankara Film Festival 2000.
    cihattaskin@yahoo.com
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  • Original Score - Can Sanibelli

    Can - Istanbul-based composer, has done studio work for film and recordings.
    csanbell@yahoo.com

  • Sound - Ismail Karadas, Penny Craven

    Ismail - Worked more than 20 years at BBA news agency, Istanbul, as chief technician and soundman for the company and many of its international clients. Did sound and lighting for feature films. Was a grip, gaffer and soundman at Lale Film Studios in Istanbul.

    Penny - Vice president in charge of productions at Thomas Craven Film Corp., New York City. Award-winning work includes: "Planned Families, Better Lives," U.N. Population Fund Certificate of Merit, New York International Film and Television Festival, 1991.

  • Academic Advisers - Prof. Randy Blasing, Prof.Richard Bulliet

    Randy - Professor of English and poetry at Brown University and Community College of Rhode Island Professor of American poetry at Brown University. With Prof. Mutlu Konuk, also former Brown professor, translated five highly praised books of English translations of Nazim's work for Persea Books.

    Richard - Former director of Middle East Institute at Columbia University in New York. Narrated a Canadian-made television documentary series on the Middle East. Novelist.



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