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The Filmmakers

AKA has a deeply-rooted passion for film and over the years has developed strong relationships with entertainment industry insiders who have come to depend on the brand when traveling for an extended period of time. In 2017, building upon its longstanding partnerships with Tribeca Film Festival, BAFTA Los Angeles, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Philadelphia Film Society, AKA launched a.films, a new division of the AKA brand. Inspired by stories of everyday citizens, a.films was developed with the goal of producing carefully selected works that highlight the efforts of individuals going against the grain to help mankind. 

My Architect: A Son's Journey is a 2004 documentary film about the American architect Louis Kahn (1901 - 1974), by his son Nathaniel Kahn, detailing the architect's extraordinary career and his familial legacy after his death in 1974. The film explores Kahn's family life which involved his fathering children by three different partners, each of whom was kept in the dark about the existence of his other families. Despite his accomplishments, Kahn Sr. died a penniless loner in Penn Station in 1974, leaving behind three families, none of them aware of the others' existence. Seeking to unravel his father's mysterious personal life, Nathaniel combines rare personal footage and compelling interviews with the Kahn's colleagues, friends, and families. My Architect was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

A feature documentary film directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub, The Barefoot Artist chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, an artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world's most troubled areas. Beginning with "The Village of Arts and Humanities" sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly, the film also shows Yeh working in far-flung locations such as Kenya and Rwanda, where she teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures drawn from their own experience. Working with Yeh they regain hope, a sense of purpose, and a belief that life can be about creation as well as destruction. www.barefootartistfilm.com

Erika Frankel's documentary King Georges follows Georges Perrier, a proud, quixotic French chef, who struggles to save his world-renowned, 40-year-old-plus Philadelphia restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, from the forces of progress and changing tastes of his customers. The film also features Nicholas Elmi, along with special guests Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert and Ed Rendell. Variety has praised the film as a poignant, emotional, steady stream of laughter, and The Philadelphia Inquirer calls it a remarkably presented lion-in-winter story. www.metacritic.com/movie/king-georges

Land of the Free: An embattled conservationist in Zimbabwe, a wildlife warrior in Australia and a Hollywood legend (TIPPI HEDREN) join forces with ex Special Forces commando to expose brutal atrocities against endangered big game by some of the wealthiest men on earth. Despite efforts to thwart their mission by a billionaire who donates $100 million to the Smithsonian Institute to cover his tracks, the trio of feisty women stop at nothing to achieve their goal - two of them falling in love with the Special Forces commando along the way.

Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Film at the Marina del Rey Film Festival.  Winner of Best Short Documentary from Florence Film Awards, 2021. Winner at Amsterdam International Film Festival, 2021. Official Selection of the Cannes World Film Festival, Remember the Future

Official Website: Land of the Free Website. 

Larry Korman, AKA President, is an Executive Producer of the film.  Learn more about how you can become involved: Land of the Free Trailer 

Recent Projects

Kahn in Venice A 2018 documentary short exploring a little-known appearance by the American architect Louis Kahn at a 1971 conference in Venice, Italy. The film incorporates two of Kahn’s Italian speeches and images from the exhibition “Kahn and Venice” at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

True Belonging A mosaic of informative, inspiring and heartbreaking true stories, combined with expert advice for complex problems, woven together to help individuals and families cope, heal and move forward with hope and positivity through the adoption issues.

Philadelphia Film Center AKA President and Chairman of Philly Film Society, Larry Korman, spearheads fundraising drive to create an ambitious new film center in Philadelphia.

Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay or an original TV pilot length screenplay set anywhere but able to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. AKA is proud to sponsor the $10,000 Grand Prize Award.

Movie Critic by Max, sponsored by AKA and a.film production, is dedicated to sharing quality review and insights from burgeoning film critic, Max Markowitz.