Peter Hsieh Couldn't Sleep, So He Created Drive All Night
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To some, Silicon Valley is already a wonderland. Playwright Peter Hsieh saw another side to it, and taking his own sleepless nights driving around the edges of downtown San Jose as inspiration, he created a slightly darker vision.

Drive All Night still has hope, of course, and Hsieh sat down with Derek from his apartment in New York to talk about his experiences in theater, gaming, and directing his first feature film, coming to Cinequest this week.


Drive All Night Plays at Cinequest March 20-30th
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"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." - Michael Rabehl, Programming Director at Cinequest

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Drive All Night to Debut at Cinequest
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We are excited to announce that our film will be making its world premiere at Cinequest, running March 20-30, 2021!

Voted Best Film Festival by readers of USA Today, Cinequest draws an audience of over 110,000 to its annual event celebrating innovation, discovery and creativity in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The festival will be held online with a possible in-person event in August.

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The Film

Drive all night is a surreal, dreamlike mystery that’s equal parts romance and thriller. The film follows Dave (Yutaka Takeuchi), a swing-taxi driver whose night takes an unexpected turn when he picks up Cara (Lexy Hammonds), a mysterious young woman with an uncanny knowledge of arcade games and a dark secret.

After leaving the 24 hour diner where a particularly charming waitress named Morgan (Sarah Dumont) works, Dave gets a call from Cara and picks her up at her motel. She makes him drive around the city without a clear destination or motive and has him accompany her on a number of seemingly random excursions - each one stranger than the next.

Meanwhile Lenny (Johnny Gilligan), a deadly hit-man is hot on their trail. Guided by strange visions and by order of a mysterious mob boss (Vonn Scott Bair), he prowls the city looking for the pair. Every place he searches brings him one step closer.

Will Lenny catch up to Dave and Cara before it is too late?

What happens when the night ends?

Drive All Night Poster
From Writer and Director Peter Hsieh

I used to take these long late night drives through the city. Whenever I had trouble sleeping and my mind was racing, I'd get in my car, turn on some music and drive. That was the initial inspiration for Drive All Night. At its core, the film is about Dave, a lonely, reclusive taxi driver who spends his nights driving around, picking up all sorts of people, but never actually making meaningful connections.

The gritty, neo-noir downtown is the perfect backdrop for the film's two central themes: reality vs. fantasy, and human agency - can we outrun the past to become better, or are we bound by destiny? As the story unfolds and we venture further into the night, Dave - and by extension the audience - is faced with strange experiences and images that challenge what is real and what is illusion. Things become less clear, and the visuals become more vibrant and dream-like. I wanted to develop a complex, layered narrative that became increasingly more dream-like and surreal as the story developed. My intent is to take the audience down the rabbit hole on a trip through wonderland and have them emerge the other side both baffled and entertained.

Cast & Crew




Peter Hsieh - Writer / Director

Robert Daniel Thomas - Producer / Assistant Director

Stephanie Whigham - Producer / Production Manager

Marius Layus - Line Producer / Catering and Crafties

William Hellmuth - Director of Photography

Katherine Carpenter - 1st Assistant Camera / Camera Operator

Christine Kelly - 2nd Assistant Camera

Mark Lopez - Gaffer

Hunter Rodgers - Key Grip

Guillermo Areizaga - Grip

Grayson Dere - Projectionist

David Orr - Additional Photography

Emily Wohlford - 2nd Unit Gaffer

Dom Cirigliano - 2nd Unit Grip

Wayne Cheng - Sound Recordist

Selah Pena - Wardrobe

Carina Garcia - Hair and Make Up

Kyle Baxter - Security

Jose Bernardo Herrera - Production Coordinator

JJ Ryder - Production Assistant


Guillermo Areizaga - Editor

Peter Hsieh - Editor

Dan Edwards - Colorist

Wayne Cheng - Sound Design

Robert Daniel Thomas - Music

Dustin Lee Massey - Poster Design

Allison Rich - Piano Player


Christopher Au

Sam Chou


Peter Hsieh

Robert Daniel Thomas


Stephanie Whigham

Marius Layus

Windy Chou

Grace Hsieh

Henry Hsieh

Stella Hsieh

Lexy Hammonds

Ali Jahangiri

Jonathan Quesenberry

Crew Shot Crew Collage 1 Crew Collage 2


Film Stills
Behind The Scenes
Trailers And Clips


Drive All Night Review - Sonic Cinema

Sarah Dumont Goes Meta with Drive All Night - Fandomize

Drive All Night: Indie Film Review - Culture Slate

Interview: Peter Hsieh - So Wizard

Enjoy Your Ride Through the Sleek, Stylized World of Drive All Night - Rue Morgue

Cinequest 2021: Drive All Night Review - Fanboy Planet

Peter Hsieh's DRIVE ALL NIGHT To Celebrate World Premiere In Competition At Cinequest Film Festival 2021 - Britflicks

Cinequest 2021 Review: Drive All Night - Nightmarish Conjurings

Drive All Night Takes a Surreal Ride to Cinequest - 28 Days Later

Defenders Actor Yutaka Takeuchi Cast in Neo-Noir Movie Drive All Night - Comicbook

The Scene Snob Interviews Yutaka Takeuchi and Sarah Dumont - The Scene Snob

Cinequest 2021: Trailer & Poster for Drive All Night - Nerdly

Episode #52 - Peter Hsieh - Writer and Director - Content Magazine

Bay Area Writer Peter Hsieh debuts his feature film at Cinequest festival - Jonathan P D Farrell

Drive All Night to Screen at Cinequest - Heavy Cinema

Drive All Night: Trailer For Moody Thriller Crashes Online -

Sarah Dumont talks about Drive All Night Film - Digital Journal

A Taxi Driver Embarks on a Surreal Journey in Drive All Night - Killer Horror Critic

Neo-noir Drive All Night gets a trailer ahead of Cinequest Premiere - Flickering Myth

Peter Hsieh Couldn’t Sleep So He Created Drive All Night - Fanboy Planet

Festival Trailer for Fever Dream Drive All Night with Yutaka Takeuchi - First Showings

Drive All Night (2021) Preview of Surreal Trailer - Movies and Mania

Interview: Yutaka Takeuchi - So Wizard


Drive All Night Game Cutscene Screenshot

Can't wait to see the film? Watched it and want more?

Introducing Drive All Night: The Game, a free mobile game experience!

Explore new parts of the world and alternate realities not included in the film. Play as Cara and fight your way through multiple levels of enemies and mini-boss before facing off with the big boss himself. Unlock a secret zen garden level where you can truly test your skills!

Available as a free download on iOS and Android!

Drive All Night Game Action Screenshot

Special Thanks

Filmmaking is a collaborative process. What you see sitting in a theater or at home is a culmination of hard work, talent, and generosity from many different people. We want to sincerely thank and recognize everyone who helped make this film possible, whether it was an indiegogo donation, renting out your space, or volunteering your time and resources. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you from The Drive All Night Team!

Raul Gorospe
Max Tachis
Long Chang
Laura Thomas
James Yeh
Justin Yeh
Eric Hsu
Darius Fyre
Vanna Truong
Leonie Solia
Ron Gasparinetti
Boki Vukajlovic
Chiang-Yung Lee
L&T Auto
Paul Kung
Rose Lu
David Chen
Steven Corelis
Bruce W. Davis
SuperGood Kitchen Staff
Christine Kwon
Diridon Market
Redwall Studios
Melissa Hahn
Marwan Akkary
John Akkary
Friends and Family


Peter Hsieh - Writer and Director
Chris Au - Executive Producer