Peter Hsieh’s directorial debut, Drive All Night, is out with trailer and poster assets this month to help spark attention ahead of its premiere this month at Cinequest. The SF Bay Area-produced indie feature stars Yutaka Takeuchi (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Sarah Dumont (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).
‘Drive All Night’ follows Dave (Yutaka Takeuchi), a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, whose night takes an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara (Lexy Hammonds), a young woman hiding a dark secret. As she makes him drive through the city on a series of bizarre excursions, things get increasingly more surreal the further into the night they go. Sarah Dumont (‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,’ ‘The Royals’) plays Morgan, a sympathetic waitress who works at a diner that Dave often frequents, while Johnny Gilligan plays Lenny, an obsessive hitman guided by strange visions, who pursues our protagonists through the night.
Hsieh is award-winning writer-director best known for his staged plays for theatre companies such as Nylon Fusion, Hollywood Fringe, San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artist Lab (SJREAL), T. Schreiber Studio, and the Asian American Theatre Company.
In addition to a free and downloadable mobile game via the Apple App Store and Google Play, virtual ticket sales are now available via the Cinequest website, which also lists a raft of feature-length and short-duration narrative and documentarial works for this year’s events. The festival spans ten days kicking off from March 20.
“Cinequest is always searching for films that stretch the boundaries of storytelling, and visions from artists who are looking to reinvent genres. ‘Drive All Night’ is a spectacular example of a story we have never seen before. It took us by surprise, took us on a ride, and it swept us up in one of the most unpredictable journeys,” said Michael Rabehl, Programming Director at Cinequest.
“I wanted to develop a complex and layered narrative that became increasingly more dream-like and surreal as the story developed. My goal is to take the audience down the rabbit hole on a fever dream trip through wonderland and hopefully have them come out the other side both baffled and entertained,” said Hsieh.
Drive All Night is exec produced by Christopher Au (‘Bulge Bracket’) and Sam Chou.