Finch Fortress Films was founded by James Velissaris, who also serves as its CEO. James was up in Chicago, where he was raised by his African-American mother and Greek father. His humility, confidence, and faith are attributed to his mother, according to him. From a young age, James had exceptional academic achievement. James Velissaris was a talented athlete who was particularly well-known for his football abilities. He was a local football standout who went on to play football at Glenbrook North High School in Illinois, where he established a single-game record for touchdowns.