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.
Our history as a Director/DP duo has fostered a strong collaborative foundation with versatile skill-sets. We’re a team that has long experience working in real-world/docu-style production environments giving us a flexible, adaptable mindset. Whether it’s the storytelling, performance, lighting or location, we sincerely embrace the creative puzzle that comes with each and every project we produce.
Dominic Howes | Director & 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.
Joel Weber | Cinematographer & 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.
Jodi Nelson | Executive 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.