My Secret Life as a Tree

David is beset by strange visions. The image of a broken tree haunts him. He heads to the woods to cut it down. Remembering, with the first strike of his axe, the dark secret he has been keeping since last summer.

  • Cihan Azak
  • Cihan Azak
  • Cihan Azak
  • Philip Neuer
    Key Cast
  • Cihan Azak
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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    Yes - UCLA Extension
Director Biography - Cihan Azak

Cihan is a German artist and filmmaker who grew up in the city of Stuttgart. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Media at Stuttgart Media University, he added a Master’s degree in International Finance as well as an MBA – before enrolling in UCLA Extension’s Producing and Directing programs as a Fulbright scholar.

A life-long artist and musician, long-time writer and director Cihan has authored, directed and produced several stage plays before transitioning to film. "My Secret Life as a Tree" is his first fully realized short film. Currently, Cihan is in post-production of several proof-of-concept short films produced during his on-going film studies at UCLA Extension as well as in development of screen adaptations of his stage plays. In his free time, Cihan is working on his first novel.

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Director Statement

To capture the elusive mystery of life in blazing sound and vision.