Deniz Tortum is a filmmaker, researcher and designer. He was a researcher at OpenDocLab and a graduate student at Comparative Media Studies and Writing program. His CMSW thesis was titled Embodied Montage: Reconsidering Immediacy in Virtual Reality.

After growing up in Istanbul, Deniz  moved to the US to study film at Bard College. His first feature film, Zayiat has been selected for SxSW and !F Istanbul Film Festivals. His recent work focuses on virtual reality and documentary film.