Rikshaw Films

Rikshaw Films is an Emmy Award winning creative content studio dedicated to crafting emotionally and visually engaging brand stories. Whether collaborating with our agency partners or clients directly, we’re passionate about developing, producing, and finishing projects of any size, on any budget. Our network of highly skilled production partners allows us to scale our productions to fit your needs, customizing our approach to exactly what’s needed to tell your story. 


Dominic Howes - Director/Exec-Producer

From his early adventures as a gold miner in the Alaskan wilderness to his time spent studying music in northern India, Dominic followed an unlikely path to directing films. It was after a three-year stint in the jazz-fusion band, Rikshaw Quartet that he co-founded Rikshaw Films with bandmate Joel Weber. Over the years, he's become an Emmy Award winning director, successful television writer and busy director/producer of commercial video content. In addition, Dominic serves on the board of directors for the AICP MN chapter. With a rich background in documentary filmmaking, Dominic loves the hunt for a good story. 


Jodi Nelson - Producer

With an ability to use both the left and right sides of her brain in equal proportion, Jodi is a type-A creator and entrepreneur who operates primarily from intuition.  With over 17 years experience as a Producer in the commercial industry, Jodi has managed budgets of all sizes for a variety of corporations, advertising agencies, production companies, non-profit organizations and networks, including TLC and Discovery Channel. She believes in the power of collaboration to tell influential stories.


Menu of services:
Creative Development
Script Writing
Film Production
Motion Graphics


Joel Weber - DP/Director

As a kid, Joel was awed by the gods of Hair Metal, so when at the age of 15 he got his first double-bass drum kit, there was no turning back. His musical tastes turned to jazz and he moved to Los Angeles to study percussion. After a busy decade touring with the jazz-funk trio Greyhounds, earning a degree in filmmaking and a Masters degree in international business, Joel co-founded Minneapolis based Rikshaw Films. He's gone on to become a successful Cinematographer with a strong body of credits in television, documentary film and commercial production.                                                  


Michael Delaney - Animation, After Effects

Strategic partner Michael Delaney is a Santa Monica-based, technology-obsessed freelancer that specializes in 2D/3D animation and writing plug-ins for After Effects and Cinema 4D. I enjoy the challenges of streamlining workflows and solving complex technical problems to bring storyboards and concepts to life. Project work for clientele include: General Mills, Best Buy, NBCSN, 3M, Verizon, UCLA, Thomson Reuters and DirectTV. When I am not working, you’ll find me biking, drumming, or crafting cocktails for friends.