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Tanju OzdemirAssistant Professor

Tanju Ozdemir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Emory University. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, he held positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Emerson College. His teaches courses on screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and video production.

Tanju is a Turkish filmmaker who writes and directs narrative films that study the complexities of immigration, identity, and memory. His works have been selected for many prominent national and international film festivals.

He has just completed production of his short film "Woodpecker," which follows the story of a Kurdish gay graduate student from Turkey seeking asylum while familiarizing himself with the Turkish-Kurdish diaspora in the U.S.

He is currently working on a feature film called "Black Hole," which focuses on the generational ripples of the Greek-Turkish population exchange within the contemporary context of the U.S. and Turkey.


MFA in Film & Media Art, Emerson College, 2017

B.Sc. in Physics, Bogazici University, 2011