Nina Laden – Author/Illustrator

Nina Laden

“We get HIGH with a little help from our friends. You may not know this, but I am a trained graphic designer. I started out in my early 20’s doing logos and corporate design. Those skills don’t go away even if you don’t use them. You always have an eye for design. Two days ago amazing documentary filmmaker Tisha Robinson-Daly posted the new logo on a hard hat that she had made for her film and her important cause – HIGH is about tower climbers- the men AND women who risk their lives daily to work under dangerous conditions. I used to be a rock climber. I know that anything- gear, weather- accidents- things can go wrong. My youngest stepson interviewed to be a tower climber. We were relieved when he became an electrician instead. Back to the hard hat: I took one look at the logo and it said HAGH not HIGH. So I decided to send a nice message to Tish and I offered to do a quick redo for her logo. For free. For the love of what she does to bring light to a job that goes unnoticed- but needs to be recognized and respected. This took me very little time, but the impact and the ripples are big. We all need to get a little HIGH with the help of our friends. Check out Tisha on Instagram and here on Facebook.”

Mike Flenz – Retired Broadcast Climber

Mike Flenz – Circa 1980

“Tisha Robinson-Daly, I have to tell you that you brought a tear to this old towerhand’s eyes with this episode. I was a broadcast climber in the early to mid 80’s. On more than one occasion, as I hung off the side of a 1000 footer, or was replacing the strobe tube atop a 100 foot UHF pylon antenna 1400 feet off the ground, I would pause and just stare out into the darkness and at the streetlights glimmering so far down and wonder. Other than 3 or 4 other people, nobody has a clue that I’m up here in the middle of the night. Nobody cares. No one has any idea how that picture gets to their TV set, but sure complain when it doesn’t. Yet, for those of us that climb or did climb, there is a drive, an inner sense of accomplishment that supersedes any need for recognition. Just seeing the strobe light work again, or seeing the megawatt transmitter come to life pumping RF into the feedline you just repaired gives a climber a “high” that is beyond description unless you’ve been there, unless you’ve hung on the iron in the blackness, in the cold, in the snow, to make that happen. Climbing is not a glamorous business. It is hard manual labor that is exposed to the worst that nature can throw at you, in the remotest locations, oftentimes with none of the modern amenities most take for granted in their workplace. Yet, it is a vital link in the chain of what makes modern communications come to life. Just to hear you appreciate those who put their lives on the line who are often out of site, and away from their families for weeks at a time, warms my heart. The fact that you, Tisha, are using your valuable time and abundant talents to get others to “see them now” is an amazing act of sacrifice in itself. Thank you!”

David Rocchio – Founder of Stowe Story Labs

David Rocchio

“It struck me with this project that Tisha was taking a real and honest look at people who regularly put themselves in harms way, really not for that much money, who do it because they love doing it, but who aren’t appreciated as much as they should be. We take it totally for granted when we look at those towers, when we drive down the road and I’m really impressed that Tisha is taking on the call for people who are otherwise ignored.”

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Kreilick – President of Morning Star Media/Producer

Cynthia Kreilick

“I first heard about HIGH on Facebook and was captivated by what Tisha was doing to educate everyone about what to me, was a little known field of endeavor, and the risk associated with it and then how much of an impact these tower climbers have on our every day lives.”

 

 

 

 

 

Anis Taylor – CEO and Producer at Higher Than 7 

Anis Taylor

“The minute I heard the concept of HIGH and the premise for the documentary, I was hooked. I knew that this was something powerful with a strong message.”

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Dieckmann – Filmmaker and Professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University