The name K17 stems from the cinema seat at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, which Detsky sat in when he first watched The Empire Strikes Back aged 7. It was at that point he realised what he wanted to do in life: become a Jedi. And a Filmmaker. K17 Films stands for films that focuses on details in our everyday lives, always on a quest for the "sur" in the real. The production company was founded in 2013 by Director Detsky and Producer Marianne Graffam. The first project of K17 Films is 90 Degrees North, a 12-minute film about a business man getting stuck on a man-eating traffic island for a year. After 90 Degrees North, K17 Films is planning to shoot a long feature, again directed by Detsky Graffam, with the working title Echo and Narcissus.
Marianne Graffam was born in Hamburg and went to London to study English and Drama, Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, before receiving a scholarship by the Arts and Humanity Research Board (ARHB) to study Performing at The Central School of Speech and Drama. She produced her own theatre show in London with Central alumni and has also co-produced most of Detsky's projects in the past.
Detsky is an Anglo-German Filmmaker and Member of the European Film Academy. He was born in Ethiopia, has an American passport, a German mother and an English stepdad – endless fun at passport control! After studying German and Drama at Exeter University, Detsky took a pathway course in Film and was the one selected to work at Take Five casting studio and production company (Soho, London) as a cameraman. After casually insisting he could edit, he subsequently had to lock himself in an editing suite for 48 hours to learn. The analog way. Within a few years, Detsky built up a successful showreel business whose clients include Andy Serkis, Kathy Bates and Damian Lewis. In 2006 he moved to Germany and worked in Berlin and London as a director and editor for the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
His short films have won numerous prizes and earned Detsky international attention. In 2006, "Peace of Mind" won 1st Prize at the ITV Cobravision Awards. For "How I Learned to Love Richard Gere”, protagonist Michael Spicer received his first comedy award at Hamptons International Film Festival in 2008. "Down Under" won 1st place at the 20th Century Fox Sehnsucht Australien Awards. "90 Degrees North" has received over 30 international prizes on four continents and was nominated for the European Film Awards. Detsky co-founded K17 Films in 2015 and Plasticfreeworld in 2018. Currently, he is developing his feature film debut. Detsky is drawn to the bizarre and spooky…or the bizarre and spooky is drawn to him…hmm. He gets excited by new storytelling perspectives, and by irritating his two kids, wife and his incredibly lethargic and boring cats.