Spoken in my Law & Order opening voiceover voice: Each day, a million New Yorkers depend on the anonymous faces behind the wheels, the men who tirelessly drive the city that doesn't sleep. These are their stories... [DUN!]
Titled Drivers Wanted, and directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein, the documentary places the audience in the taxi seat to experience patience and persistence, in the face of long hours, disrespectful customers, blinding blizzards, accidents and a host of other challenges including the late night streets of New York.
The drivers show up for work every morning at New York City’s most eclectic communities; no, not Queens, but the taxi garage across from the United Nations. The garage is a kind of a refugee camp in the heart of New York, a city where drivers have come for protection from human rights abuses, racism, and economic instability.
As a New Yorker who's sat in the back of a few times over the years, and who actually briefly drove a cab myself, about a decade ago, and intimately aware of the jobs trials, I'd like to see this; and I will, since it's screening at this year's Doc NY festival, which promises a strong lineup of films that I'll be writing about over the next several weeks. The festival officially opens its doors on November 8 (through the 15th), here in NYC.
Watch a teaser for Drivers Wanted below: