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Ozlem Ayse Ozgur – Director | Friday 30.10. | 21:30 HS


Director Biography – Ozlem Ayse Ozgur

Özlem Ayse Özgür
2100 E. Water Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
(415) 691-9683

Formal Education
PhD student 2017-2021
University of Arizona
School of Geography and Development

MFA-San Francisco Art Institute
May 2015

MA-Stanford University
Philosophy (political), 2013
Thesis: “Human Rights Duties are Collective Duties of Justice”

University of Arizona, summa cum laude
Studio Art / Philosophy, 2010

Current Employment
Multi Media Design Specialist – University of Arizona- Social and Behavioral Sciences Technical Services
Video and Film Production Experience
• Taste Bud Memories documentary film on refugees/food/Tucson community.(Director, producer, cinematographer) In post-production. 2018/May/ Screened at The Loft Cinema/Tucson/Arizona May 6th/2018

• Asikli Höyük archaeological excavation in Turkey/Cappadocia documentary film. Prof. Dr Mary Steiner,Co-Producer( Özlem Ayse Özgür Director & Producer/Cinematographer.) 2016 Summer-Present. In production.

• Mezekela documentary film on elderly women’s choir that was founded 25 years ago in Tucson. (Director, producer, cinematographer,editor) In pre-production. 2017 May-Present.

• Howard Post – Short Artistic film on Howard Post for Tucson Museum of Fine Arts, 2017, In View at Tucson Museum of Fine Arts-March 2 2018

• Corporate Video Production for Kiran Analytics Marketing –I made a corporate video for them. San Diego-California, 2017
• MOCA – Short promotional film on Minor Mutiny for Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Summer, 2016

• Multiliteracies and World Language Education Today: What? Why How? University of Arizona, CMES, 2016

• No Fruit Left Behind. (3’24” and 1’ versions) Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Promotional Fundraising. 2016

• Home Is In The Heart. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Documentary Film, 2016

• Together We Can Change The World , a fund-raising and promotional film for Owl and Panther. 2015

• No Fruit Left Behind. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Promotional Fundraising Video. 2015

• One Thousand Cranes. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Educational Video. 2015

• Self Portrait, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, 2015
• PAH FEST/4K Competition. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Documentary Film, 2015 (hired by Christopher Coppola)

• Please Hold On. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Experimental film on homelessness, 2014

• The Red Ball. Director, Cinematographer, Editor. Short experimental film, 2014.

• If A Tree Could Wander. Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Mixer. Short Experimental Film, 2014.

• Chasing Shadows. Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Mixer. 2014

• Sensei. Director, Cinematographer, Editor, 2013

Art Residencies
Owl and Panther project of the Hopi Foundation. Documentary Film Maker, Videographer, Youth Film Project director. Tucson, AZ. Aug 2015-June 2016.
Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Director & Cinematographer for the Taste Bud Memories documentary film. January 2017.
Board Memberships
Pan Left Film Productions, Tucson, AZ, 2015-present
Honors and Awards
• AZ Humanities Small Projects Grant for film “Taste Bud Memories,” Arizona, 2017
• Greater Denton Arts Council jury award Materials Hard & Soft international exhibition, Denton-Texas 2017
• Online semi-finalist, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Sept, 2016
• Award of Recognition, “Home is in the Heart” wins the Best Shorts International Film Competition 2016 in two categories:
Award of Recognition in Documentary Short 2016
Award of Recognition in Liberation/Social Justice/Protest 2016
• Boston Biennial 4 Prize Winner, 2016, Boston, MA
• Finalist, SFAI-Kadist fellowship, June 2015, San Francisco, CA
• 2015 Frozen Film Festival San Francisco, “Official Selection” of film “The Red Ball” June, San Francisco, CA
• Marina Del Rey Film Festival, “Official Selection” of film “The Red Ball” November 2014, Marina Del Rey, CA
• San Francisco Art Institute, 2014 Graduate Grant, San Francisco, CA
• Student Filmmaker Awards: “Official Tournament Selection” of my film: “The Red Ball” 2014, Provo, Utah
• Sole San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Student Nominee for Princes Grace Film Grant, San Francisco, CA, 2014
• 1st Prize, PAH California Film Festival: Mobiflicks category, short experimental film: “If a tree could wander,” December, 2013, SF, CA
• San Francisco Art Institute, 2013 Graduate Grant, San Francisco, CA
• First Prize, Sensei, PAH California Film Festival, December 2013
• National Religious Campaign Against Torture, 2nd place in honors, December 2013, SF, CA
• Phi Beta Kappa, 2008, Phi Betta Kappa Association of greater Tucson, AZ.
• University of Arizona, Philosophy Department Riesen Undergraduate Award 2010, Tucson AZ
• University of Arizona, Honors College Da-Vinci Award 2010, Tucson, AZ
• University of Arizona, Honors College Award of Excellence 2010, Tucson, AZ
• University of Arizona, “Pillar of Excellence” 2010, Tucson AZ
• University of Arizona, Undergraduate Research Grant Summer 2009
• University of Arizona, Magellan Scholarship 2008- 2009, Tucson AZ
• University of Arizona, Undergraduate Research Grant Summer 2008, Tucson AZ
• Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship 2008-2009, Tucson AZ.
• Sole University of Arizona campus nominee for Beinecke Scholarship, 2007, Tucson AZ.
• University of Arizona Medici Grant by College of Fine Arts, 2008
• University of Arizona, College of Fine Arts Scholarship 2008-2009
• University of Arizona, College of Fine Arts, Albert Halderman Scholarship, 2007-2008, Tucson AZ.
• University of Arizona, Medici Grant by College of Fine Arts, 2007
• University of Arizona, Honors Studios Fellowship Recipient 2007-2008
• Finalist, Abstract Painting Competition, Drawing Studio, 2007 Tucson, AZ.
• University of Arizona, Honors Studios Fellowship, 2006, Tucson AZ.
• Deja-Vu Painting Competition, Finalist, University of Arizona, 2006, Tucson AZ.
• Concertos on Canvas Exhibition, Honorary Mention, April 2006, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA.
• LA Art Core, “Wallworks”, Finalist for state of California, May, 2005, Los Angeles, CA.
• Art Center College of Design Scholarship, Los Angeles, Pasadena, 2003-2006
Teaching Experience
• Digital Cinematography. Pima College, Tucson, AZ. Fall, 2017
• Digital Film Editing. Pima College, Tucson, AZ. Fall, 2017
• Post Production. Pima College, Tucson, AZ. Spring, 2017
• Digital Film Editing. Pima College, Tucson, AZ. Spring 2017
• Graduate Thesis Mentorship/Studio Arts, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ. Fall 2016
• Senior Painting/Studio Arts, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ. Fall 2016
• Ethics and Social Philosophy. Pima College, Tucson, AZ Fall 2016
• Youth Film Project, Hopi Foundation, Tucson, AZ. Teaching filmmaking to refugee youth, 2015-2016.
• “Post Production 1” Teaching Assistant for Jeff Rosenstock, SFAI, January –May 2015
• “Film, Chance, Music” Teaching Assistant for Christopher Coppola, SFAI, January- April 2015
• “Personal Cinema” Teaching Assistant for Hiro Narita, SFAI, August –December 2014
• “Theories of Justice,” Teaching Assistant for Prof Christie Olson, Stanford Univ, Jan – March 2013
Gave lectures about philosophical texts, led class discussions, helped students research papers, and graded papers, prepared class activities for 35 students or more each term.
• “Ethical Reasoning.” Teaching Assistant for Prof Tamara Shapiro, Stanford Univ, Sept – Dec 2012
• “Theories of Justice,” Teaching Assistant for Tom Dougherty, Stanford Univ, Sept 2011- Dec 2011
• Tutoring Philosophy/ Art /Art History /Social Sciences at the SALT Center at University of Arizona for Students with learning disabilities 2008-2010 Taught art history, aesthetic theory, ancient and modern philosophy, cultural anthropology and political philosophy to students with learning disabilities.
• Tutoring new tutors at SALT: Gave presentations/lectures to new incoming student tutors how to teach to students with learning disabilities.
• Teaching Assistant, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, 2007-2008 Assisted Miles Conrad in public Encaustic workshops.
• Teaching Assistant for Asst. Prof. Gipe, U of A, Practicum for Intermediate Painting Fall 2007
•Art Teacher, Pasadena Center for Fine Arts, 2005-2006. Taught color, drawing and painting to students between the ages 4-15.
• Teaching Assistant, Art Center College of Design, August 2004– December 2005 Assisted Rey Bustos during his anatomy class at the Art Center College of Design.
Curatorial Experience
Encaustic Annual Invitational. Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ. 11 April-May 2016
X is for Xenophobia, Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center, Tucson, AZ Feb-March 2017
Solo Shows
• “Big Miniatures,” with artist’s talk, Kachina Gallery, University of Arizona, 8/2009
• “Faces of War,” RLV gallery, Oracle, AZ, March1-31st 2008
• “Ancient and Contemporary,” Las Candelas, Tucson, 12/2007 to 1/2008
• “Middle Eastern Inspirations,” Shadow Box Gallery, Tucson, 6/2007 to 7/2007
• “An Abu Ghraib Tale,” Café Passé, 11/2006 to 12/2006
Selected Group Shows
• “Al Mutanabi Street Starts Here,” City College Library, San Francisco, California, 10/2016 – 4/2017.
• Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, Feb-May 2017
• Hear For All, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, Jan 2017
• X is for Xenophobia, Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center, Tucson, AZ Feb-March 2017
• It Took A While, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Phoenix, AZ, November, 2016
• Palm Springs International Short Fest and Film Market, Palm Springs, CA, June 2016
• BOSTON BIENNIAL 4. Boston, MA, April 2016
• High Fiber, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ Feb 2016
• UNICEF NextGen Art, Boylston St, Los Angeles, CA Feb 2016
• “When Children Die They Do Not Grow,” public installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson 11/2015 and 11/2016
• “Al Mutanabi Street Starts Here” Travelling exhibition:
-Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Venice, Italy, 6/2016 – 7/2016
– San Francisco Public Library Gallery, 9/2015 – 12/2016
-The Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Herron Art Library of IUPUI, 11/2016
-The Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon, 3/2016 – 5/2016
-The San Francisco Public Library Gallery, 9/2015 – 12/2016.
-Arab American National Museum- Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, 3/2015- 7/2015
-Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 6/2015 – 9/ 2015
-Idaho Center for the Book, Arts and Humanities Institute, Boise State University, 10/2015-1/ 2016
-Curry College Gallery, Milron, Massachusetts, 11/2015 – 1/2016
-George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1/2016 – 3/2016

• Vernissage, The Edge Effect, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, May CA, 2015
• Printmakers, Sanchez Gallery, SF, March, 2015, Pacifica, CA,
• Absence and Presence: SF Center for the Book, December 2014SF, CA
• New Genres Saloon: SFAI, November, 2014, SF, CA
• New Nothing Cinema, Sneak Preview, “Home is in The Heart”, SF, CA, November, 2014
• SFAI, Film Screening, SFAI, December 5, 2013, SF, CA
• Rites of Passage: Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, December 2, 2013, SF, CA
• New Genres Saloon : Studio 13, SFAI, November 20, 2013, SF, CA
• Global Transmissions: SFAI, Film Screening, SFAI, November 15, 2013, SF, CA
• Border/Line: Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, November 11, 2013, SF, CA
• OST Preview Art Exhibition, Tucson Jewish Cultural Center, November 7, 2013, Tucson, AZ.
• Print Matters: Pacific Art League, Juried Show, November 1-28, 2013, Palo Alto, SF, CA
• International Mini Print Annual Show: Muse Tetovo, Macedonia 3/2008
• 7th World ArtPrint Annual Show 2007: Lessedera Gallery, Lozenetz, Sofia, Bulgaria 6-8/2008
• Rethinking the Middle East: Travelling exhibition: Southern Graphics Conference at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Arab American National Museum, March-April 2008, Fine Arts Building, Richmond, Evergreen Valley College, Art Department, EVC Library, San Jose, CA; Purdue University, Rueff Galleries, Pao Hall, West Lafayette, IN
• Paper Dolls: University of Colorado Boulder Special Collection, Organizer Melanie Yazzie, Boulder, CO 2008
• Cultural Heritage: Bridges Between Nations: Tetovo Museum, Macedonia, 12/2007 to 1/2008
• Visual Transparencies: Travelling exibition: Colorado Boulder, 2007 Abersytwyth Ceredigion Wales UK, 2007,CN Gorman Museum, UC Davis Organizer Mellani Yazzie, University of Colorado Boulder, CO
•International Mini Print Annual Show: Muse Tetovo, Macedonia 12/2007
• Middle East Studies of America annual conference: Montréal, Canada, 11/2007
• Selected Works: Juried Exhibition Lional Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 9/2007
• The Auction: Dinnerware Contemporary Gallery, Tucson, AZ 10/2007
• Salon des refuses: Dinnerware Contemporary Gallery, Tucson, AZ 5- 6/2007
• 6th World ArtPrint Annual Show: Lessedera Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6/2007 to 8/2007
• Homegrown: Wind-up Gallery, Mesa, AZ 6-7 2007
• Abstract Painting Competition Finalist’s Exhibition: TDS Gallery, Tucson, AZ 1/2007
• Déjà-vu Competition Finalists’ Exhibition: Kachina Gallery, University of Arizona, AZ 11/2006
• “Border-dis-solve,Dinnerware Contemporary Gallery, AZ 9/2006
• Concertos on Canvas, San Marino Gallery, AZ 3-4 2006
• Selected Works: Orange Cat Studio, Tucson, AZ 4/2006
• “America, Are We Drowning?” Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 12/2005
• Selected Works, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 8-9/2005
• Wallworks,” (California finalist’s exhibition) LA Art Core, Los Angeles, CA 5/2005
• Selected Works Studio M521, Los Angeles, 5/2005
• Selected Works Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA 8/2004
• Southern Graphics Council Permanent Collection
• University of Colorado Boulder Special Collection
• Mendoza-Denton Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA.
A) Publications as Sole Author
Özgür, Özlem. “Human Rights Duties are Collective Duties of Justice,” in A. Follesdal and R. Maliks, eds. Kantian Theory and Human Rights. London: Routledge, 2014.
B) Publications about my work
• “This Refugee Arts Project Just Earned a Presidential Honor,” Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. June, 2016.
• Rabbit Rabbit, Transition 01, May 2016.
• “Refuge for Refugees,” Tucson Weekly, May 12, 2016.
• “Reflections on the Boston Biennial,” The Biennial Project, April, 2016.
• Sonoran Arts Network, High Fiber, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Jan-March, 2016.
• Sonoran Arts Network, Surrealismo at Raices Taller Art Gallery, September 2015.
• Edge Effect Interview with Ozlem Ayse Ozgur- JUXTAPOZE on Edge Effect–May 2015
•, 2010
• Spirit of Inquiry, University of Arizona Honors College, 2010 and 2009
• 7th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria
• Musée Tetovo International Mini Print Catalogue, Tetovo, Macedonia, 2008
• Tucson Weekly, March, 13-19, 2008
• , 2008
• www. , 2008
• Commandprint, Virginia Commonwealth U, Southern Graphics Council, Re-Interpreting the Middle East, 2008.
• Artists “Re-Interpreting the Middle East”
• 6th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print, 2007, Sofia, Bulgaria
• Adventures of an Average Woman Magazine, January issue 2007
• Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena, LA, 2006
Talks and Presentations
• “Art and Activism,” Artist’s Talk and Slide Show, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ. Sept, 2016.
• “Collective Duties and Welfare Rights,” Kant and Human Rights Conference, Norway Human Rights Institute, Oslo, August 2012.
• “Collective Duties and Human Rights,” Workshop on Brain Drain. Brocher Foundation/Harvard Summer Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, August 2012.
• “The Right to Subsistence: an authentic human right, not mere rhetoric” University of Arizona Southwest Student Philosophy Conference, (April, 2010)
• “The Right to Subsistence: an authentic human right, not mere rhetoric,” Northern Arizona University Honors Symposium: (April 24th 2010)
• University of Arizona, SBS Honors Convocation Student Speaker (October 2009)
• “The Allegiance Problem in Rawls’ Two Principles of Justice,” University of Arizona Southwest Student
Philosophy Conference, (April, 2009)
• “Art as a Reciprocal Relationship Theory” Mid-south Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis (April, 2009)
• “Art as a Reciprocal Relationship Theory” Philosophy Conference at the Ohio State University (May, 2009)
• “Artist and Self in Contemporary Turkish Art” Univ of Arizona, Undergraduate Research Forum, (February, 2009)
• “Politics and Positive Change” exhibition-panel University of Arizona Union Galleries, (January, 2009)
• “Re-interpreting Middle Eastern Art” on Panel “Art and Politics,” Union Gallery U of Arizona, (Nov, 2008)
• Southwest Student Philosophy Conference, Commentator on paper “Lyrical Music,” (April 2007)
Other Experience
• Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Tucson. Development, fundraising, media, PR and social media, 2016 – 2017
• Tucson coordinator,
• Curator, Group 3 photos for Al Mutanabi Street: Witness and Memory, 2017
• Curator, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson. Associate curator for exhibitions, assist with encaustic work. 2015-
• Volunteer, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art. 2016-
• Visiting Research Graduate Student at University College London, Advisors: Prof. John Tasioulas & Prof. Jo Wolff (Winter/2012) Did research on human rights laws and theories, wrote papers and attended lectures and discussions on human rights in London.
• Print Shop monitor, U of A Printmaking Department Fall 2007/Fall 2008. Supervised students of printmaking department as they use the litho and etching presses at the University of Arizona print shop.
• Crate and Barrel, Berkley, CA, Warehouse and retail, 2000-2001 Assisted customers with selection and purchase of merchandise, helped with designers with their floor and window displays.
• Mercy Corps NGO, Assistant Project Manager for Earthquake Relief, 1999-2000 Planned and completed projects of earthquake relief in Istanbul after the 1999 earthquake. Coordinated contractors to complete projects, including building temporary laundry facilities and recreational center facilities.
•Ithaki Publishing House: Translation of Easton Royce’s X Files Bad Omen into Turkish. 1999 Turkish: Kotuye Isaret.
•Ithaki Publishing House: Translation of Eric Elfman’s X Files : Our Town. 1999 in Turkish as Kasabamiz.
• Global IT Department of Global Securities-Istanbul: Assistant to General Manager of the IT-Department, 1997-1999 Translation. Inventoried books for the library of the IT department. Coordinated contractors to do the interior design of an office, managed a budget for buying furniture and paying for the contractors.
Technical Skills
Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, any DSLR or camcorder

Christopher Coppola
Head, Assoc Professor, Film Department
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(213) 712-3017 Jennifer Kroot
Visiting Faculty
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 572-3856 Hiro Narita
Visiting Faculty
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(707) 763-5352

Multimedia Installation

Tony Labat
Chair, MFA program
Professor, New Genres
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 272-2814


Thomas Christiano
Professor of Philosophy
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Dennis Landry
Chair, Digital Arts, Film and Game Design
Pima Community College
(520) 206-6840

Director Statement

My desire to be an artist stems from my belief that visual art is a compelling way to deliver ideas and change society for the better. Hence I also think that an artist has social responsibilities to ask difficult questions, to challenge and rethink conventions. So I see the role of the artist as central to the culture of a modern, critical society, for ours is a society that has institutionalized critique and which does not cease asking questions about itself, about what is desirable, what is normal, and what is to be excluded. I think that this culture of critique is so central to who we are as a society, that without it we would cease to be ourselves. I take art as the place par excellence where this activity takes place, where our intellectual world meets the material world and interfaces with the public.

Ozlem Ayse Ozgur
Ozlem Ayse Ozgur
Leslie Ann Epperson
Ozlem Ayse Ozgur
Ozlem Ayse Ozgur
Key Cast

Project Type:Documentary, Short
Runtime:28 minutes
Completion Date:May 5, 2018
Production Budget:7,000 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Shooting Format:Digital
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Film Color:Color
First-time Filmmaker:No
Student Project:No