MEET THE TEAM
Tisha Robinson-Daly is based in Philadelphia. She is a SAGindie honoree, a Sundance Institute and Knight Foundation Fellow, a recipient of two Sundance/Knight Production and Development grants, the recipient of a Stowe Story Labs scholarship, and fellow of the inaugural Stowe Launch Advanced Development Program. A telecom worker herself, Tisha is also the writer, director, and producer of the episodic HIGH Climber Stories, a twelve episode series that advocates for, and chronicles the lives of tower climbers. In 2020, The Hubble Foundation collaborated with Tisha to create the six episode series, “In Their Own Words,” which allows those who have been directly affected by the dangers of climbing to tell their stories. Both shows air monthly on Phillycam, a Philadelphia public access station, along with Vimeo, Facebook, IGTV and stream on the Higher Than 7 network.
Jonathan Mason is a French/American filmmaker based in Philadelphia. He has served as Creative Director for Belladonna Productions (Jim Mickle’s Cold in July) and co-founded New York-based production service company Bullet Pictures (Abel Ferrara’s 4:44). His work has been supported by Sundance Institute, Tribeca, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and IFP/Gotham programs. His Algerian/French short L’échappée, co-directed with Hamid Saïdji, played at over 40 festivals including Clermont Ferrand and Berlin Interfilm, and was the recipient of the Canal+ Prize. Jonathan is currently co-writing a project with Oscar-nominated writer/producer Bráulio Mantovani (City of God). Jonathan earned his M.F.A in screenwriting from Columbia University, and teaches screenwriting/film production at Rowan University.
James J. Yi
Born in Seoul and raised in San Francisco, James J. Yi is a passionate filmmaker dedicated to producing films that push creative and intellectual boundaries. He has worked on thought-provoking titles such as Mooz-Lum (2010), Detroit Unleaded (2012), Twinsters (2015), A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream (2018), and Miss Purple (2019). In 2017, he produced the Sundance NEXT Audience Award winner Gook, directed by Justin Chon. In 2022, he co-produced Qasim Basir's Sundance selection To Live and Die and Live. He now resides in Toronto where he launched his new company, No Return Media Inc. whose vision is to support a new generation of homegrown and BiPOC filmmakers in particular.
Producer, Virtual Production Line Producer
Ben Baker has had a 22 year career supporting filmmakers on 3 different continents. He has been a Vice President of Studio Services for HBO, Vice President of Post Production at Vice Media and a head of department at Framestore VFX in the UK. He first started in Virtual Production after talking his way into the Epic Games Fellowship, and has consulted in Virtual Production for Amazon Studios, Disney TV, Accenture, and East End Studios. After producing the Virtual Production project FATHEAD for the ETC@USC, he established MESH (MeshVP.com) to build the Virtual Production Department for Francis Ford Coppola's Megalopolis. Mesh is now producing Virtual Production projects for clients worldwide.
Hannah Weyer is an American narrative and documentary filmmaker. Her films have screened at the Human Rights Watch, Sundance and the New York Film Festivals and won recognition at LoCarno, Sundance, Doubletake Documentary and South by Southwest Film Festivals. Her documentaries, La Boda and La Escuela aired on PBS as part of the POV-American Documentary series. Screenwriting credits include Life Support (HBO 2007), directed by Nelson George, and which earned a Golden Globe award for its lead actress, Queen Latifah. Her novel, On The Come Up, received a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award and Weyer was a NAACP Image Award Nominee for Debut Author.
Engineering / Tower Consultant
Meet the crew behind the proof of concept shoot we did to test out the potential of virtual production for our tower scenes.