Indie documentary moviemaker who's living in London. Subcultures, especially about music and origin stories, are definitely in his attention. He wrote a story after 56 interviews as the first step of jazz in Turkey in feature documentary format. He won a jury mention in Boston, and his documentary traveled 14 festivals and screenings around the world. He has been working with musicians about their lives and album projects.
Name: Batu Akyol
Lives in: London, England
Company: Loyka Visual Arts
Jazz in Turkey
Film (Documentary) Director Jazz in Turkey? Jazz in Turkey the documentary can be summarized as a project in which I explore the condition, evolution and interaction of Turkish jazz music and its musicians, in parallel to Turkish history. The spark for this project, I suppose, were my encounters with Ilhan Mimaroglu's late 50s book "Caz Sanati" and the slim appendix called "Summary: Jazz in Turkey" in Cuneyt Sermet's 90s book "Cazin icinden". Afterwards, conversations with the Focan family led me to realize that despite the massive intention for research and observation regarding the topic, the project was yet an orphan. In a country with limited archives, calling the oral history-based project a daring "Turkish Jazz History" would be beyond me, so I decided to name it Jazz in Turkey instead. We started filming in 2011. The greatest hindrance for an oral history project, I suppose, is the potential of the interviewees getting lost in the turbulent waters that range between deep modesty and high ego when talking ... Written by Batu Akyol
Film (Documentary, Biography, History and Music) Director A documentary exploring the condition, evolution and interaction of Turkish jazz music and its musicians, in parallel to Turkish history.
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Boston Turkish Film Festival - Jury Special Mention