MEET THE BROS.
Trained as an aerospace engineer, writer/director Jesse Veverka was a financial analyst on Wall Street before co-founding his own media production company, Veverka Bros. Productions LLC, with his brother Jeremy. He has worked and lived throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, China and Indonesia. His award-winning films have been screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide and his articles have appeared in various publications including CNN Travel, Japan’s Metropolis Magazine, and China’s Global Times. He was reunited with his childhood passion for fireworks while on assignment in Liuyang, China in 2012 and Passfire was the result. He was born in Ithaca, NY.
Jeremy Veverka is a media professional with specialties in documentary filmmaking, photojournalism, cinematography, sound design, and commercial work. Jeremy has documented ship-wrecking yards in Pakistan, daily life in war-ravaged Afghanistan, the controversial street-racing scene in Tokyo, and a visual essay on the Maoist insurgency in India. With a degree in English from Cornell University and extensive travel experience throughout Asia and the Middle East, Jeremy brings his background in storytelling and international journalism to each of his projects. His personal interests include fireworks and song writing. He was born in Ithaca, NY.
Hannah Basciano is an Honors Documentary Film Studies and Production Student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. She also studies religion and politics, and has filmed in various countries including Belize and Ireland as well as covered the 50th anniversary Selma March for NBC. Hannah joined the Veverka Bros. team in the winter of 2015, and has since become the Assistant Producer for Passfire. Her personal interests include fireworks, horse-back-riding, and art. She was born in Lancaster, PA.
Michael Weber is a visual artist, programmer and creative trouble maker, who constantly seeks to combine the three pursuits in interesting ways. Michael has served as the art director of the New York Press, chased the startup dragon in San Francisco, and is currently the publisher of a popular lifestyle magazine based in New Orleans. Michael has a degree in illustration and design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Michael has joined team Passfire, producing its motion graphics and the variety of other design projects the film calls for. He was born in Ithaca, NY.