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 recognized by the Boston Globe and is a Finalist at the 23rd Boston Turkish Film Festival 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. At the moment, I am working on a feature film about previously incarcerated women in Massachusetts and their transition back to society. I believe diverse stories like these need to be told because they can make a difference for someone and impact our culture and society. Teaching is as important as producing media to me and at the moment, I teach Intro to Narrative Drama at Emerson College and creative writing workshops for fiction storytelling at GrubStreet in Boston. Previously, I taught Writing for the Screen at Rhode Island School of Design, Oral Comm and Mass Media classes at Community College of Rhode Island.
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 from Emerson College in 2017.
I live in Boston, MA while my heart is tout le monde.
I love traveling, my cat Teo, and exploring authentic cultural food.