NYFA Grad Sells First Feature and Signs with WME

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Can Evrenol graduated from New York Film Academy Los Angeles 8-week filmmaking workshop in the summer of 2006. It was in that program that Evrenol was able to put together his very first short film, which ended up winning a few prestigious awards in Istanbul, Turkey and other festivals in Europe. It was at that point that Evrenol knew he would be a career filmmaker.

“I loved NYFA. It was very useful,” said Evrenol. “It was the only practical education I got before launching myself to produce and direct my own independent short films.”

Now, almost ten years later, Evrenol wrote, shot and produced his first feature film, Baskin, and sold it to IFC Midnight (including a limited theatrical release). It is the first ever Turkish genre film to be released in the United States and one of only a handful of Turkish films ever to be released in the States.

The film starts out as a normal night on patrol for five cops and ends up as Evrenol puts it, “Five cops go to Hell.”

The Istanbul native continues to build on his success, having recently signed with powerhouse talent agency WME. Evrenol and his team are gearing up to shoot a second feature film.

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Published on: December 8, 2015

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