“RIDE” offers a glimpse of the very real risks and rewards faced by rideshare drivers in the emerging gig economy.
The short film co-written and directed by Sam Findlay turns on a rideshare driver who crosses paths with an alluring young woman. It briefly but memorably explores the immigrant experience and cross-culture conflict.
“The best compliment I got on this movie from a filmmaker friend was, ‘The first minute of this movie I thought it was a documentary,’ “ Findlay said. “And that’s exactly what we were trying to do.”
Findlay also discusses his role in development of “GUTTED,” a locally produced reality show featuring teams competing to gut and renovate vans, buses and recreational vehicles.
“Kansas City is a great place for filmmakers,” Findlay said. “People want to help you there. Such a sense of community. … Doing a feature in Kansas City is one of my dreams in life.”
To learn more about Findlay’s work, watch the attached video.
John McGrath is a video producer and host of Art House for Kansas City PBS.