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Official production on Istanbul-based VTR’s film about the making of Expat Harem will begin in October, destined for the Istanbul European Culture Capital 2010 celebrations. Designed as a 90-minute film in four 23-minute parts, it will be able to be shown both as a full length film and as a television series.
I've been consulting producers of the History Channel's production of Underground Cities, recommending local archaeologists (my fellow Bryn Mawr archae alumnae) as on-camera experts for the Istanbul shoot in October.
For a Channel 4 (UK) production of a television travelogue based on Lord Byron’s transformative 19th century Grand Tour (with actor Rupert Everett following in his footsteps), I’m helping the filmmakers find what’s “Byronic” about modern day Istanbul, and what expatriate high-life and low-life Everett might like to investigate when he hits the former Constantinople in October.
LIFESTYLE AND TRAVEL MAGAZINES
I'm the subject of a profile in the October issue of Swissper, the state-of-the-art lifestyle magazine of Swissotel, a member of the Raffles Group of worldwide luxury hotels. As the coeditor of a book about modern Turkey, I answer questions about my favorite Turkish landscapes, historical sites, pasttimes and cuisine. The magazine is distributed to 15,000 business executives, society figures and opinion leaders as well as Swissotel guests.
I’ve been asked to contribute a mini-portrait of city for a March 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler (I wrote about Kuala Lumpur at night mimicking the jungle that surrounds it), as well as insider Istanbul tips for an upcoming issue of NBpulse, the high-end publication for discerning international travelers (see the web version ), and women-savvy suggestions for 2008’s Best Travel Tips at Journeywoman.com.
Causes Anastasia Ashman Supports
Vipassana Meditation Instruction (dhamma.org) Ashoka Organization of Social Entrepreneurs (ashoka.org)