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 has worked as a director and editor for the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. His short films have won several awards and prizes. In 2006 Peace of Mind won 1st Prize at the ITV Cobravision Awards. How I Learned to Love Richard Gere received the Caroline’s Comedy Emerging Talent Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, 2008. Morgengrauen (Slither) won 2nd Prize at the Going Underground Film Festival, Berlin, 2008. The short film Down Under won 1st place at the 20th Century Fox Sehnsucht Australian Awards. Detsky is currently developing his feature film debut.