Thesis Film by Recent Media Arts Grad Gaining Success with 2 Upcoming Screenings

'Urva' by Emre Ozdemir '10 (Film/Digital Video) to be shown at NJ Film Fest and PIFVA's 'New Works by Philly Makers' Series

December 1, 2010

"Urva," a film by recent Media Arts graduate Emre Ozdemir '10 (Film/Digital Video), has been selected for two upcoming screenings.

Created as his senior thesis, Ozdemir's short documentary was chosen from more than 320 submitted films as a finalist for the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University and will be shown on Sunday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Voorhees Hall on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, N.J. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges that includes the festival director, media professionals, journalists, students and academics, and will be announced in March.

The film, which documents a soon-to-be lost culture in the remote village of Urva in the Black Sea region of Ozdemir's native country of Turkey, will also be screened at the Scribe Video Center on Friday, January 14 as part of the "Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) Presents New Works by Philly Makers" series. The 2010 PIFVA Grant recipient will have his documentary shown along with "Never Too Late," a film by Media Arts Associate Professor and Academy Award nominee Wendy Weinberg.

In addition to being accepted into the recent Green Screen Environmental Film Festival & Salon in Venice, Calif., and the Zero Film Festival held in New York in November, "Urva" was nominated for a University of the Arts President's Award, received an honorable mention at the University's 2010 thesis film and animation screenings, and was included in the "Best of Film & Animation Show" held last spring.

Above: Urva villager Tevfik Hasanbas

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