Drivers Wanted

Drivers Wanted

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Premiering on PBS World Channel February 25, 2014, check listings at American ReFramed.

“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