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.
Now playing online at Cinequest!
"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
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.
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?
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.
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
Robert Daniel Thomas
"The cinematography is gorgeous and I loved the stylistic approach. You will leave it feeling like you watched some crossover of Twin Peaks and Mandy."
"Takeuchi is endlessly likable, sweet and amicable. Hammonds is also a perfect driving force: aloof, cocky, and mysterious, but also flirtatious and bullheaded."
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 - Joblo.com
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
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!
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!