Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Nugent Cantileno is one of many local residents that will be producing The Last Taxi Driver, a short film created Debra Markowitz and John Marean of North Merrick. The production took to the web to find funding for the film, using indiegogo.com, an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, etc.
The Last Taxi Driver is a dark horror comedy about one man’s determination to retain his career as a taxi driver and refusal to give up when most of his customers are eaten by zombies. The taxi driver will be played by Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall
Street) and Violet will be played by Emily Jackson (Fringe, Incarnate). The film will be shot in East Meadow.
When Markowitz wrote the screenplay for the film, she and Marean discussed different people who could play the roles. Then Markowitz spoke to her filmmaker friends, and the wheels started turning.
“The most exciting thing about The Last Taxi Driver is the collaboration between all the Long Island filmmakers,” Markowitz said. “It’s wonderful to work with all of these talented, creative individuals on one project.”
Markowitz and The Majors Productions explored the possibility of producing this dark comedic horror film on Long Island.
Marean and his producing partner, Cecily Mihok-Trenka (Rapier Wit Films of Merrick) got involved in the production, and it became even more of a reality. Steve Sage of Steve Sage Productions jumped on the bandwagon with his Red camera.
Kory Diskin of Roslyn Heights served as production designer. while Glen Cove native Regina Hardy came on to assist as second assistant director. Helene Schulman signed on as set photographer/videographer.
To raise the money to shoot the film, acting friends Christina Wood, John Thomassen, Stan Adams, Cheryl Martin and Ingrid Dodd acted in the promotional video without even rehearsing to stir attention for the project.