Today's Turkey through the eyes of a Greek-American.
**Our Kickstarter campaign has garnered the support of the Greek America Foundation (www.greekamerica.org). With great understanding and generosity, the GAF will now be executive producing the project!!
I grew up listening to the legendary stories of my great grandparents; Greeks of the Ottoman Empire. They lived in Smyrna, one of the most beautifully rich and artistic cities of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is named Izmir, located on the west coast of Turkey. As a Greek-American, I have returned to this land to establish a new life in this legendary city in order to connect with the life and culture here, as well as connect with the historic Greek community known as the "Rumlar".
My aim as a filmmaker and documentarian is to capture the rare and inspirational journey of settling down and traveling through one of the most historically rich areas in the entire world, seeking out the remnants of Turkey's Greek communities, as well as my family history which derives from Izmir. Also, we will explore Turkey today; its neighborhoods, people, food, nightlife, and whatever else comes our way...
Such a task has never been done before, and with a global audience as my reach, the documentary will be shot and produced in English.
I, along with a professional film crew, will travel between Izmir and Istanbul, documenting and interviewing dozens of Greeks from the region, including musicians, historians, religious figures, business entrepreneurs and everyday-people.
Once filming is wrapped, the documentary will be edited and submitted to film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Greece and Turkey. We are already in talks with a few TV channels in Turkey and Greece, thus, distribution is very promising already.
The funding will be used for camera equipment, film crew, food and travel expenses, and film festival submission fees.
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