Hi, I'm Ulya Aviral
And I'm a Turkish-American Filmmaker
My life as a visual artist began when I was a kid with painting, acting in theater, writing poems, plays, creative writings and essays about anything I found fun. I tell the stories that change my life and I make films as emotionally charged healing art.
My Turkish-American international production, My Nature is recognized by the Boston Globe and is a Finalist at the 23rd Boston Turkish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I won the Best Director award from Swedish International Film Festival in 2022 with Shut Your Eyes I'm Gonna Dance, which is selected by the Arizona Underground Film Festival and the Queer Kampala International Film Festival in Uganda.
Media is a powerful medium that can alter societies with positive or negative impacts. And I believe in order to tell truly authentic stories, inclusion must start during the development and writing phases, and continue until the end of the distribution phase. I insist this is the way to make art that can accurately represent cultures and identities, and offer positive contributions to societies as a result. Teaching is as important as producing media for me. I teach film production and creative business enterprises courses at Emerson College and creative writing workshops at GrubStreet in Boston. Previously, I taught Writing for the Screen course at Rhode Island School of Design, and Oral Comm and Mass Media classes at Community College of Rhode Island.
My curiosity about humanity, identity, and existence shapes my thoughts and questions about our everyday conversations. I double-majored in Sociology and Film & Media Studies with a minor in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. I received my MFA in Film and Media Art from Emerson College in 2017.
I live in Boston, MA while my heart is tout le monde.
I love classical music and jazz, road trips, my cat Teo, and good food.
I get along best with people who have values and good intentions. ❤️