Vasia Markides

Artist and Filmmaker; Founder and Director of The Famagusta Ecocity Project, an effort in Cyprus to transform an occupied ghost town and the surrounding area into Europe's model ecocity and center for peace and reconciliation; A painter originally, Vasia turned to filmmaking in 2003 when the Turkish army slackened the checkpoints separating the north and south parts of Cyprus. In 2008, she completed "Hidden in the Sand", a chronicle of her mother's hometown under Turkish occupation, which now remains off limits within the six square kilometer fenced off ghost district of Varosha. "Hidden in the Sand" has screened in venues and festivals across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany,  Cyprus, Turkey, and Portugal. As a video producer, Vasia has worked with clients such as Oxfam America, Global Nomads Group and other human rights organizations. After launching the Famagusta Ecocity Project and directing a documentary about the effort, her team's work gained worldwide media attention (CNN, BBC Magazine, BBC Outlook, Associated Press, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Boston Globe, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, and TedX Limassol).  In addition to working on her personal projects, she freelances as a videographer, video editor, and video journalist in Maine, New York City, and Cyprus.