Hello, my name is Deniz Berkin and Awake at Dawn Productions is my film production and photography company. Thank you for visiting this site.
I have been making films and taking pictures, off and on, ever since I was 16 and still continue to love doing both. I have a day job as a software developer but luckily it gives me the flexibility to enjoy my moviemaking and photography passions. I am a member of IFCO ( Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative of Ottawa ) and was formerly the President on their Board of Directors for four years.
I am lucky that I have the freedom to create any type of film I want, which is often what I do. They are usually anywhere between 2 and 10 minutes and range in topics from abstract and experimental to slapstick comedy to country western videos - a very wide range. I try to get the films screened as often as I can but I do admit that they are not for everyone's taste. Some end up having a little bit of popularity and others, well let's just say that I'm the only one who really gets a kick out of them.
The photos that I take are my attempts to capture a dream quality or a dream feel. Things I tend to like are pictures that are blurry, out of focus, poorly composed, poorly lit and generally break every rule on what constitutes a nice picture. By the way, the photos on this site are grouped into multiple series since the complete set can sometimes work better together than any individual photo might alone.
That's it for me , feel free to watch the movies or flip thru the pictures. Hopefully you find something you can enjoy but if not thanks for taking a look anyway.
By the way check out another IFCO filmmaker who is doing a lot of great work, Roger D. Wilson
Roger D. Wilson
Taconic Sculptures Jan 2 2009 Mayfair Theater, Ottawa
Wedding Day Blues Feb 14 2009 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Street Dreamz April 2 2009 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
Street Dreamz April 30 2009 Babylon Nightclub, Ottawa
Strange Days June 5 2009 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
Death Deals the Ace of Spades July 16 2009 Rideau Street Underpass, Ottawa
Beyond Uranium August 8 2009 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Street Dreamz August 15 2009 Dundonald Park, Ottawa
The Closed Door Oct 1 2009 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
Street Dreamz Nov 7 2009 Sweet 16 - Cinevic, Victoria BC
Someone is Watching Me Nov 19 2009 Visible Verse 2009 Victoria, BC
Television Times Jan 15 2010 The Collection/Bar 56 Ottawa, On
Late Nights and Green Lights Jan 28 2010 Mayfair Theater, Ottawa, On
Ghost Hunter's Strangest Case March 20 2010 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Wedding Day Blues April 2-4 2010 Faux Film Festival 2010 Portland Oregon
Lonely Woman June 3 2010 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
Nosferatu on an Off Night July 8 2010 Rideau Street Underpass, Ottawa
Tunnel of Love Sept 6-12 2010 Super 8 mm Festival, Szeged Hungary
Beyond Uranium Sept 2 2010 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
Nosferatu on an Off Night Nov 4 2010 Bytowne Theater , Ottawa
Street Dreamz Nov 4 2010 Mercury Lounge, Ottawa
The Photographer Jan 15 2011 Collection/Bar 56, Ottawa
187 Days until XMAS March 12 2011 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Deniz Berkin Film Evening (Reel Thursday's ) June 2 2011 Collection/Bar 56, Ottawa
187 Days until XMAS Oct 24 2011 Flicker, Spokane Washington
Nosferatu on an Off Night Oct 24 2011 Flicker, Spokane Washington
Ice Cold Hearts Febuary 3 2012 Arts Court Theater, Ottawa
Dispatches from the Dead April 21 2012 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Nosferatu on an Off Night July 26 2012 Tete a Tete Screening, Sackville NB
Street Dreamz July 26 2012 Tete a Tete Screening, Sackville NB
I'd Feel Better if it was Freezing Cold January 11 2013 Saw Gallery, Ottawa Ontario
Anti Valentine's Day Screening February 5 2013 Saw Gallery, Ottawa Ontario
The Lonesome Ottawa Cowboy April 24 2013 Bytowne Theater, Ottawa Ontario
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