Based in Minneapolis with a satellite office in New York City, Rikshaw Films is a full service hands-on production company. Our team is dedicated to creating emotionally and visually compelling programming that will entertain and inspire. We can provide full video production and editorial services and are available for freelance videography and electronic news gathering. Over the past five years we have developed and produced two award-winning documentary films, shot numerous television shows and produced projects for nonprofit and commercial clients alike. We have worked in war zones and small towns, around the world, and around the corner.
Joel is co-owner of the Minneapolis based production company, Rikshaw Films. In 2007 he completed the multi award winning documentary film, The Listening Project for which he served as co-director and director of photography. Joel also serves as a producer and videographer for the hit Travel Channel series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Mr. Weber was also co-director of the award winning documentary short film, Awakening. Filmed in Afghanistan, India, Colombia, and South Dakota, Awakening explores the emergence of microfinance as a tool for economic empowerment and poverty alleviation. Additionally, Mr. Weber’s work has been seen on The Travel Channel, The Associated press, Twin Cities Public Television, Current TV and the DIY network. Mr. Weber is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Film Studies. He also holds an MA degree in International Business from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.
Han Shan grew up in Baltimore, where he got his popular education in punk rock, hitchhiking, and barroom Buddhism. He received a more formal education in painting and philosophy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Han is a recognized leader in grassroots efforts for human rights and environmental protection. For nearly twenty year, Han has worked with grassroots social justice and environmental organizations from Greenpeace to Students for a Free Tibet and has helped train thousands of young people around the world in effective, nonviolent strategies for social change. He has worked closely with many visionary environmental leaders across the United States and has a strong working knowledge of emerging movements for food sustainability. He served as a producer-correspondent (or "listener") for the award-winning documentary film The Listening Project, and has produced stories for Current Television, as well as several nonprofit clients.
Dominic is co-owner of the Minneapolis based production company Rikshaw Films. Mr. Howes has produced and directed broadcast segments for Sundance Channel, PBS, and Current TV. He also co-directed the multi-award winning documentary, The Listening Project. Additionally, Dominic was co-director of the award winning documentary short, Awakening. Mr. Howes also served as videographer on Travel Channel’s Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmern, the DIY network show Bathtastic and served as director of photography for the upcoming documentary film, Power and Control. Mr. Howes is experienced in sustainable/green building design and was a contributing author for Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (2000.) His work was also featured in the book, Building With Earth, by Paulina Wojciechowksa (2000.). In addition, Mr. Howes plays the Indian tabla drums and is an exponent of the Hindustani classical music style from India.