MY NAME IS ULYA
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 tell the stories that change my life and I make films as emotionally charged healing art.
My two Turkish-American co-productions Shut Your Eyes I'm Gonna Dance about a trans man's journey to an alternate universe and My Nature about a Mid-Eastern woman's escape from war are in the festival circuit. My Nature is a Finalist at the 23rd Boston Turkish Film Festival and was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Shut Your Eyes is an Official Selection at the 11th Arizona Underground Film Festival and at the Queer Kampala International Film Festival in Uganda. Colors Inside (2017) is an Official Selection in Los Angeles Cine Fest, Short to the Point, Eye Myth Film Festival and is awarded "Best Colors In A Short Film" at the So Free And Limitless Film Festival. At the moment, I am working on a music video that features female characters of different ages battling oppression in a form of energy and sustaining a peaceful and nurtured environment for others' lives. I believe stories about diversity need to be told because they can make a difference for culture and society. I teach Writing for the Screen at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Oral Comm and Mass Media at Community College of Rhode Island, and creative writing workshops for fiction storytelling at GrubStreet in Boston.
My curiosity about humanity, identity and existence shape my thoughts and questions about our everyday conversations on gender, ethnicity and culture. 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 at Emerson College in 2017.
I live in Boston, MA as my heart is tout le monde.
I love traveling, my cat Teo, and exploring authentic cultural food.