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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Producer, Writer and Director - Stephanie Capparell
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.
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."
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.
Original Score - Can Sanibelli
Can - Istanbul-based composer, has done studio work for film and recordings.
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.
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.