Co-Directors Dominic Howes & Joel Weber

Posted by the listening project on Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Joel and Dominic, atop the wreckage of an old Soviet tank on a hill overlooking Kabul in April, 2006. Photo: Han Shan

Dominic and Joel are co-owners of the Minneapolis based production company Rikshaw Films. In 2005 they co-directed the documentary film Awakening. Filmed in Afghanistan, India, Colombia, and South Dakota, Awakening explores the emergence of micro-finance as a tool for economic empowerment and poverty alleviation in the developing world. Awakening won the Audience Award for best short documentary at the 2006 Santa Cruz International Film Festival.

Dominic was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He plays the Indian tabla drums and is a devoted exponent of the Hindustani classical music style from India. He is an experienced home-builder using eco-friendly construction practices. Dominic was a contributing author for Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (2000) and his work was featured in the book, Building With Earth, by Paulina Wojciechowksa (2001).

Joel was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He 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. Joel served as the director of photography for both Awakening and The Listening Project. Prior to pursuing a career as a filmmaker, Joel played drums and toured North America with jazz/funk trio The Greyhounds.

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