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MIT Open Documentary Lab (ODL) – Producer & Project Manager

Present – 2016 | Cambridge, MA

  • Manages and produces content for DocuBase–an interactive curated database of the people, projects, and technologies transforming documentary in the digital age. Keeps up to date on the field of immersive and interactive storytelling.
  • Conducted research for the conference Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms
  • Contributes to immerse–a Medium publication by ODL, Tribeca Film Institute and Fledgling Fund on creative discussion of emerging non-fiction storytelling.
  • Represents the lab at various conferences, markets, and festivals such as Sheffield Doc Fest, !f Istanbul and FilmGate Miami.
  • Produces ODL’s communication, outreach materials, events and workshops; manages ODL’s website and social media accounts, conducts video interviews with guests speakers and documents events.
  • Participates in the weekly ODL meetings with fellows, faculty and graduate students.

MIT Open Documentary Lab (ODL) – Researcher & Video Editor

2016 – 2014 | Cambridge, MA

  • Worked as a video editor in Professor Vivek Bald’s transmedia project In Search of Bengali Harlem / Lost Histories (a feature-length film, a web-based documentary, and an oral history project). Edited videos for both linear and web formats, and contributed to the overarching narrative across two platforms.
  • Undertook research on interactive documentaries, virtual reality and cross-platform projects.
  • Conducted interviews and wrote case studies for DocuBase.
  • Participated in the weekly ODL meetings with ODL fellows, faculty and graduate students.

Freelance Producer, Director, Editor & DP

Present – 2011 | New York, NY & Cambridge, MA


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2016 – 2014 | Cambridge, MA

Master of Science (MSc) in Comparative Media Studies

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

2012 – 2010 | New York, NY

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Computer Art

Sabanci University

2009 – 2005 | Istanbul, TR

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design


2018 | New York, NY

Chicken and Egg Diversity Initiative

2018 – 2017 | Morocco

Greenhouse Program for Middle Eastern and North African Documentary Filmmakers

2013 – 2012 | Brooklyn, NY

UnionDocs Collaborative  Studio

Directed Toñita’s as a part of UnionDocs’s cross-media documentary Living Los Sures. Toñita’s was premiered at 2014 MoMA Doc Fortnight.


2018 | New York, NY

NYU Digital Asias class by Prof. Fengmei Heberer  – Guest Lecturer

2017 | Cambridge, MA

MIT Innovation in Documentary class by Prof. William Uricchio – Guest Lecturer

2017 | Medford, MA

TUFTS Explorations in Experimental Cinema class by Harsha Menon – Guest Lecturer

2017 | Istanbul, TR

Istanbul Film Festival Panel “VR: New Medium, New Questions” – Panelist

2017 | Miami, FL

FilmGate Miami Talk “MIT Open Documentary Lab Presents” – Speaker

2017 | Istanbul, TR

!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival Workshop “Interactive Storytelling” – Workshop Leader

2016 | Amsterdam, NL

IDFA Interactive Conference Talk “Zeki Müren Hotline” – Speaker

2016 | Cambridge, MA

MIT Open Documentary Lab Talk “Zeki Müren, A Prince from Outer Space: Reading Turkey’s Gender-Bending Pop Legend as a Transmedia Star” – Speaker

2016 | Istanbul, TR

Kadir Has University Documentary Seminar by Prof. Melis Behlil – Speaker

2016 | Cambridge, MA

MIT Hacking Arts Conference “Interactive Cinema” – Panel Leader

Organized Interactive Cinema Panel with participants Sandra Rodriguez, Christopher Allen, Kel O’Neill and Jeff Soyk, moderated by William Uricchio.

2015 | Cambridge, MA

MIT Open Documentary Lab Talk  “Zeki Müren Cross-Media Project” – Speaker

2015 | Istanbul, TR

SALT Research Talk “Zeki Müren Cross-media Project” – Speaker


2017 | Boston, MA

“Wicked Queer” Boston’s LGBTQ Film Festival – Jury at Documentary Competition

2016 | Boston, MA

School of the Museum of Fine Arts – Jury at Media Arts Annual

2017 | Ankara, Turkey

PinkLife QueerFest LGBTQ Film Festival – Guest Programmer

2013 – 2012 | New York, NY

Maysles Cinema – Guest Curator 

Curated and produced the documentary series Fiction-Non which explores the gray area between fiction and non-fiction traditions.


2017 Post-Production Sound Award at Meetings on the Bridge at Istanbul Film Festival for documentary in development A Prince from Outer Space: Zeki Müren (Istanbul, TR)

2015 Best Short Documentary Award at San Diego Latino Film Festival (San Diego, CA)

2014 Brooklyn Spirit Award at Brooklyn Film Festival (New York, NY)

2014 Audience Award at Turkish Documentary Festival at Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)


2018 Chicken and Egg Diversity Initiative

2017 LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund for Development

2016 Council for the Arts at MIT Grant

2016 MIT Public Service Fellowship Grant

2015 SALT Research Grant

2015 Council for the Arts at MIT Grant

2014 LEF Foundation Grant for the Robert Flaherty Seminar Fellowship



RIDM, UXDocs (Montreal, Canada)

Barbican Centre (London, UK)

!f Istanbul, Tomorrow (Istanbul, Turkey)

SVA Gallery (New York, USA)


IDFA, DocLab (Amsterdam, Netherlands) ** Zeki Müren Hotline World Premiere

The Brattle Theatre, DocYard (Cambridge, USA)

Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (Minneapolis, USA)

Maysles Cinema, An Open Letter to NYC: Immigrant Documentary Filmmakers and Their Films  (New York, USA)

Metrograph Theatre (New York, USA)

Black Light Film and Video Series (Richmond, USA)

Freiburger Film Forum (Freiburg, Germany)


MoMA PS1, Greater New York Exhibition (New York, USA)

Anthology Film Archives, New Filmmakers Series (New York, USA)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Turkish Film Festival (Boston, USA)

Architektur.Film.Sommer (Vienna, Austria)

Sakip Sabanci Museum, Reunion Exhibition (Istanbul, Turkey)

San Diego Latino Film Festival (San Diego, USA)

The Chicago International Movies and Music Film Festival (Chicago, USA)

Rincon International Film Festival (Rincon, Puerto Rico)

Boston Cinema Census (Somerville, USA)

Picture Farm Film Festival (New York, USA)

San Antonio Cinefestival (San Antonio, USA)

Venice Biennial, Labour in a Single Shot (Venice, Italy)

Koreana Museum of Art, Labour in a Single Shot (Seoul, Korea)

House of the World Cultures, Labour in a Single Shot (Berlin, Germany)

Black Light Film and Video Series (Richmond, USA)


MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, USA) ** Toñita’s World Premiere

Morelia International Film Festival (Mexico)

New Orleans Film Festival (New Orleans, USA)

Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, USA)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Turkish Documentary and Short Film Festival (Boston, USA)

Brooklyn Film Festival (Brooklyn, USA)

Documentarist (Istanbul, Turkey)

Bushwick Film Festival (Brooklyn, USA)

Corto Circuito (New York, USA)

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (New York, USA)

Boston Center for the Arts, Labour in a Single Shot (Boston, USA)


Creative Time Summit 2013: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century (New York, USA)

NoteOn, Keep Taking It Apart (Berlin, Germany)

MoMA, Abstract Currents (New York, NY)

UnionDocs, community screening at Lindsay Park (Brooklyn, USA)

Flux Factory, Borderless (Queens, USA)

The Caribbean Sports Club, community screening (Brooklyn, USA)

Los Sures Senior Center, community screening (Brooklyn, USA)


The Invisible Dog Art Center, Prolonged Exposure (Brooklyn, NY)

Visual Arts Gallery, Between Two Thoughts (New York, NY)

Visual Arts Gallery, Parsing (Im)possibilities (New York, NY)


West Side Gallery, Pixellence (New York, NY)

West Side Gallery, Parallel Threads (New York, NY)


Sakip Sabanci Museum, Flow (Istanbul, Turkey)


Huffington Post, Tina Orlandini: “Toñita’s: The Last Caribbean Social Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn” – February 19, 2014

Creative Time Reports, Beyza Boyacioglu: “Toñita’s: The Brooklyn Club That Keeps Puerto Rico Kicking in Williamsburg” – September 16, 2013

Atlas Obscura, Cara Giaimo: “Before Bowie Or Prince, There Was Zeki Müren— Turkey’s Gender-Bending Rock Star” – May 09, 2016

Global Voices, Carlos Esteban Cana “Documentary Highlights Resilience of Puerto Ricans Living in New York” – March 7, 2014

xoxothemag, Interview in the series “Some Women of Documentary” – Dec 2016 – Jan 2017 issue

m-est, Eray Cayli: “Toñita’s: Close Up and Social

UnionDocs, video interview

Radikal, Birce Altay “Zeki Müren Bu Hattın Ucunda” – Jan 15, 2016

Milliyet, Fisun Yalçınkaya “Zeki Müren de Bizi Duyuyor” – Feb 03, 2016

Habertürk, Gülenay Börekçi “Aykırı Bir Şehir Mekanının Hikayesi” – March 08, 2014

La Respuesta, Gabriel Maldonado “Toñita’s: A Nuyorican Home in South Williamsburg” – May 5, 2014

The Majalla, Clarissa Pharr “Istanbul’s Open Air Studio” – June 22, 2014