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Drivers Wanted

Watch now on Itunes and Amazon.

Encore Labor Day 2014 presentation on PBS World Channel’s American ReFramed.

09/02 8PM, 09/03 12 AM 8AM 2PM, 09/06 10PM, 09/07 3 AM 9AM 5PM

Check listings.

“There’s an authenticity to “Drivers Wanted” that seems so true and tough that it overwhelms any standard immigrants-up-from-their-bootstraps theme.” – NY TIMES

“Full of Wacky Jewish Humor” – EU OSHA

“If you get a chance to see DRIVERS WANTED – do it! It’s charming, it’s touching, it’s real, it’s New York!” – Planet Chocko

Press

NY TIMES “New York City Taxi Drivers, Alone in the Jungle”
NY TIMES “Spider Drove A Taxi”
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “Making of Interview”
HAMMER TO NAIL “Its a Hard Honk Life”
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
SILVERDOCS INTERVIEW
POP MATTERS “8 out 10”
NPR’s TRANSPORTATION NATION

GOTHAMIST
REDDIT IAMA
 “with David Yassky TLC Commissioner”

About

The New York street system consists of 6174 miles of mostly asphalt roads and legend has it that a real yellow cab driver knows this jungle like the back of his hand. The filmmakers Jean Tsien and Joshua Weinstein mixed with the colourful community of drivers, mechanics and office clerks working for a long-established taxi company in Queens to document that the original ideal of the common man’s Big Apple is still very much alive and present in this slightly seedy enterprise. They avoided the trap of producing a simple assertion of an idyllic or even paradisiacal situation, opting instead for a highly enjoyable demonstration of that unspectacular and delightful feeling described by Hemingway when he remembered an encounter with some craftsmen during a stay in Paris in the 1920s: “It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.“ What’s left? The certainty that it can’t hurt to feel grateful for little things occasionally.  – Ralph Eue (DOK Leipzig Programmer)

Credits

Director, Cinematographer:  JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN
Producer, Editor:  JEAN TSIEN
Composer:  ADAM CRYSTAL
Colorist:  SETH RICART
Sound Designer:  JORGE BAILON

Screenings

TAXI PARKING LOT EVENT
featuring Taxi Yoga and Spider NYC’s oldest taxi driver
09/07/13 8pm (rain date 09/08)
45-16 VERNON BLVD, LIC, NY

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
03/29/13 7PM

SEBASTOPOL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
03/23/13 7PM

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
02/20/13

NEW YORK CITY THEATRICAL RELEASE
RERUN GASTROPUB THEATER
11/30/12 – 12/06/12
147 FRONT STREET BROOKLYN NY

11/30/12 7PM; Join us for a screening followed by what promises to be a lively discussion about taxi driver and passenger concerns. Topics to include an explanation why the industry struggled so much during and after Hurricane Sandy, what’s really behind trip refusals, side effects of long-term driving and tales of tipping. The panel, moderated by WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan features a range of taxi insiders. It includes one of NYC’s oldest cabbies, an industry lobbyist, member(s) of the Taxi Workers Alliance, and Drivers Wanted director Joshua Z Weinstein.

DOC NYC
11/11/12  IFC CENTER, NY 2PM

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT ARTS TOUR
11/05/12  CITY OF SUWANEE  SUWANEE, GA
11/06/12  MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER  MADISON, GA
11/08/12  CAPRI THEATRE MONTGOMERY, AL
11/09/12  GREATER GALLATIN, INC  GALLATIN, TN
11/13/12  TUPELO FILM COMMISSION  TUPELO, MS
11/14/12  LSU UNION THEATER  BATON ROUGE, LA
11/15/12  HELSEY INSTITUTE OF ART  CHARLESTON, SC

DOK LEIPZIG, GERMANY
11/01/12  CINÉMATHÈQUE LEIPZIG 10PM
11/02/12  PASSAGE KINOS UNIVERSUM 10AM
11/03/12  PASSAGE KINOS FILMECK 2:30PM

WORLD PREMIERE
SILVERDOCS
06/20/12 8PM
06/22/12 9PM

I beat Mike Tyson

I Beat Mike Tyson

“If you take “The Fighter” and strip off its melodramatic arc and the stars’ and the industry’s self-regard, then compress what’s left into 12 poetically concise minutes, you get something almost as good, almost as grown-up, as “I Beat Mike Tyson.”  – Boston Globe 

Press

ESPN – “Making of Interview”
SHORT OF THE WEEK – Review
THE ATLANTIC

In 2005, an unknown Irish boxer beat Mike Tyson in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Then he disappeared.

Filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein rediscovers boxer Kevin McBride, raising his children in a gritty Boston suburb. Kevinʼs body is deteriorating, yet he compulsively continues to fight.

This lyrical film finds a boxer at the end of his career – engaging in the Sisyphean task that is his life.

Credits

DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER:  JOSHUA Z WEINSTEIN
CO-PRODUCER:   NATE CONWAY
ADDʼL CINEMATOGRAPHER/PHOTOGRAPHER: YONI BROOK
COMPOSER:    JOHN FERRARA
CONSULTING EDITOR:  FRANCISCO BELLO
COLORIST:  SETH RICART
SOUND MIXER:  JOHN BOSCH

Screening Dates

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
03/29/13 7PM

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
02/19/13 5:30 PM

RERUN THEATER, NY, NY
11/30/12 – 12/06/12

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT ARTS TOUR
11/5/12 City of Suwanee Suwanee, GA
11/6/12 Madison Morgan Cultural Center Madison, GA
11/8/12 Capri Theatre Montgomery, AL
11/9/12 Greater Gallatin, Inc. Gallatin, TN
11/13/12 Tupelo Film Commission Tupelo, MS
11/14/12 LSU Union Theater Baton Rouge, LA
11/15/12 Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Charleston, SC

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
9/28/12 10:00 AM

NYC ROOFTOP FILMS
06/02/12 08:00pm

HOT DOCS
04/30/12 9:45pm
05/01/12 4:15pm
05/05/12 6:30pm

IIF BOSTON
04/26/12 9:30pm
04/27/12 9:30pm

Worlds fastest plastic surgeon

Flying on One Engine


Flying on One Engine
 is an incredible, fantastic, heartwarming, inspiring, and hilarious documentary. It features the 77-year-old infirm Dr. Sharadkumar Dicksheet, an eight-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who spend half his year performing free corrective cleft palate surgeries in India. The other half he’s living alone in a tiny rodent-infested apartment in Brooklyn, surviving on leftover take-out fried rice and buying lottery tickets. He’s a brilliant character, one you couldn’t possibly dream up. He’s funny and outrageous. His candor is priceless while the work is dead serious. And that’s only part of what makes this film so entertaining.

Flying On One Engine is teeming with life, capturing raw, intimate moments soaked through with humor and surprise. The camera gets very close-in. Shot in natural light; we see the throbbing public life and the surreal private. It’s clear that director Joshua Weinstein, a recent BU grad, has a great way with people as well as a great feel for the telling moment. Laughter and real warmth are everywhere. This film is the antidote to the do-gooder film that’s no fun.

“Flying On One Engine is a wholly original and wonderful new film”

Janet Pierson (SXSW Director)

Credits

Director, Producer, Director of Photography:  Joshua Z Weinstein
Supervising Editor:  Mary Manhardt
Editor:   Hemal Trivedi
Associate Producer:   Nicole Lederman, Justin Pines, Hemal Trivedi
Composer:  Milind Date

Joshua Z Weinstein

As a director of photography and filmmaker I bring a gritty realism to my work yet infuse it with a sense of humor and pathos. I am endlessly inspired by people, and have worked intimately with celebrities like Elaine Stritch to tuberculosis victims in the slums of Delhi.

I recently was the cinematographer/director for the film MENASHE (SUNDANCE) that will be released theatrically by A24 in summer 2017.

As a cinematographer my work has shown at Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca. In the advertising world my work has been nominated for a Cannes Lion and in journalism I have been awarded a first place POY for multimedia project of the year for my work with the NY Times.

I have lectured on film at Duke, NYU, Vanderbilt, and many others universities. I am an alumnus of Boston University College of Communication Film department, an alumnus of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH, an IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow, and two time recipient of the NEA funded Southern Circuits Arts Tour. I used to play bass in the hardcore band Trophy Scars. I was born and currently reside in New York City.

Selected Cinematography Credits
MENASHE
*Sundance/A24
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
*Tribeca/Sundance Selects
THE MINK CATCHER
*Telluride
BEING MORTAL
*FRONTLINE
GIVE UP TOMORROW
*Emmy Nomination / Tribeca Special Jury Prize

Selected Additional Cinematography Credits
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON
*Tribeca Film Festival
BENDING THE ARC
*Sundance Film Festival
THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
*Sundance Film Festival
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FANS HOPE
*Toronto Film Festival
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY
*Tribeca Film Festival

NY Times Op-Docs: Subway Ballet

Just made this film for The New York Times that has been causing quite a stir.

Comments on the site include:

“SHAME ON THE NY TIMES FOR PUBLISHING THIS!”

“You weren’t flying, Joshua. They kicked you in the head.”

“I firmly disagree with Mr. Weinstein; this isn’t public theater (as he so fondly labels it), but anarchy.”

Take a watch and decide for yourself.

Thank you for the WAFFLE crew for making this possible, Kyle Graffam for editing, Seth Ricart for coloring, Jorge Bailon for sound design, Lindsay Mann for loaning the Red Epic, and Don Hooper for location sound. Send me an email to see the final higher rez version.