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Ali M. Aksu and Auteur Academy–

By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/11/21 – Ali M. Aksu is an international film producer, director, and entrepreneur.  He is the executive producer of several groundbreaking projects, including the first-ever Hollywood feature film to cast digital media talent.

Mr. Aksu is the founder of FilmCapital.io, a community focused Hollywood crowdfunding platform that was incubated at Singularity University, and Auteur Academy, an educational platform to empower independent filmmakers.

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Aksu is the Southern California Young Professionals Ambassador at the United Nations Association of America.  He is currently an MBA candidate at Chicago Booth School of Business.  He holds a B.A. in economics, with a minor in film, TV, and digital media from UCLA, and earned executive-level degrees from MIT, Wharton, and Singularity University.

We hope you enjoy the following exclusive interview with Mr. Aksu!

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1) Please tell me more about your family origins and early years.
 
My family is originally Circassian.  During the Circassian Genocide, my great-grandparents escaped to Turkey, which then was a part of the Ottoman Empire.  They picked a city and moved in. 
 
Our family is an entrepreneurial family that operates its own businesses.  It’s perceived as a part of our culture. 
 
2)  In what part of the world would you most like to work for a film project and why?
 
Antarctica!  I am currently developing a documentary to be shot in Antarctica.  I can’t disclose much about this project yet, but Antarctica is an exciting place to visit for sure.
 
3)  What does your Auteur Academy offer for $197 or $497 in just just a few days that traditional film schools cannot in a few years?
 
We show people the business side of filmmaking through a unique educational lens featuring some of the greatest names in Hollywood.  How can you actually deliver a profitable final cut? 
 
I personally went to film school and enjoyed every single class, but I learned all I know about the film business in my sophomore year as I shot my first feature film, which was picked up by Universal.  I wanted to share that experience with everyone. 
 
The industry needs consolidated structures for independent filmmakers, very similar to Silicon Valley.  As a part of the Auteur Academy community, you go through a unique journey of learning and self-growth.