Beyza Boyacioglu is an award-winning documentarian and artist from Istanbul. She works as a Producer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Open Documentary Lab. She has an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and an MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts. Boyacioglu was a fellow in 2012-2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio in Brooklyn where she co-directed Toñita’s. Her work has been exhibited in various venues and festivals including MoMA, IDFA, Anthology Film Archives, PS1, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Venice Biennial, Creative Time Summit, and Morelia International Film Festival. Boyacioglu curated a documentary series named Fiction-Non at Maysles Cinema in New York.
Currently Boyacioglu is producing a cross-platform documentary about Turkey’s queer pop legend Zeki Müren. One branch of the project is Zeki Müren Hotline, a participatory telephone hotline and an interactive web experience that collects and curates people’s messages to and about Müren. Zeki Müren Hotline was premiered at IDFA DocLab 2016 where it was nominated for Digital Storytelling Award. During IDFA, Boyacioglu gave a talk on the project at the Interactive Conference. The second branch of the project is a feature documentary (in production) named A Prince from Outer Space: Zeki Müren.