Our Team

The Nineteen85 Films team!

Hilary Davidson

Director, Co-Writer, Founding Partner

Upon walking onto her first film set, Hilary discovered a compelling mix of talented people with varying backgrounds and felt this was home. In embracing the creative process, she is driven by the constraints of each medium that comprise a film. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA she has studied theatre, dance, music and photography which sparked an endless desire to pursue creative outlets. She has directed the short films Mistaken and Turning Tables and has worked on several other short film projects in the Bay Area. Her film, Turning Tables, which is about how people change over time, received “Best Creative Short” at CreaTV’s Creative’s Celebration and “Best Drama” at the Austin Micro Short Film Festival.


Hilary co-founded Nineteen85 Films and joins the team as Director.

John Eaglesham

Line Producer


From over 20 years of working in the tech industry, John Eaglesham brings a wealth of experience to producing, managing projects and applying practical wisdom. He plans for and executes the ideal shoot while anticipating problems and interruptions before they happen. Most recently, John has worked with a Mountain View-based production company filming TV commercials and mastering set operations.


Inspired by the art of capturing stories and visuals through the medium of filmmaking, John joins Nineteen85 Films as Line Producer.

Robert Kirkendall


A 25-year resident of Santa Cruz, Robert Kirkendall brings a local flavor to his work. He has directed live broadcasts of his short plays at Community Television of Santa Cruz, and this last year two of his stage plays were staged as live webcasts out of New York in Theater for the New City’s On the Air series and Rachel Love’s AirPlay ’22. His screenplay Leaving Paradise was a winner at the Multi Dimension International Film Festival. In spring of 2022, his one-act comedy Funhouse will be performed at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York.


Robert is thrilled with his first collaborative writing process and feature film script and joins Nineteen85 Films as Co-Writer.

Kimberly Platt

Casting and Producer

Kimberly (Kimi) Platt has worked in television and film for over 10 years. Born and raised in NorCal she started filmmaking in the Bay Area before relocating to Los Angeles where she worked closely with Hollywood writers, producers, casting agents and show runners. She currently resides back in NorCal and is looking forward to building the local film community here in the Bay Area.


Kimi joins Nineteen85 Films on the Casting team and as a Producer.

Viknesh Silvalingam 


Viknesh has been writing, producing, and directing short films and feature-length films since 2000. The genre of his films ranges from horror, crime, comedy, and drama. 


He is committed to a cinematic vision that encourages stories about the Indian diaspora. Spurred on by the media scene in his native country Singapore, where television shows and movies depict the various communities that live there, he aims to produce such work here in the United States as well. 


​As an aspiring entrepreneur, he is currently developing a media software that will allow filmmakers from across the world to collaborate on projects and streamline the film production process. 


Viknesh joins Nineteen85 Films as a Mentor and Producer.

Ike Jablon

Founding Partner

Ike Jablon is a Daytime Emmy-nominated producer with a background in nationally and internationally syndicated television for both CBS and ABC Networks, including Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and The Talk. He produced segments concerning news, celebrities, and human interest stories, ranging from Olympians and Astronauts, to patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He managed marketing and community involvement at the Nickelodeon Theatres in Santa Cruz, CA and has since transitioned to communications & media relations in the technology industry. He graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Film Production at Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. where he produced numerous award-winning short films.


Ike is a Co-Founder and silent partner of Nineteen85 Films.

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