Last Taxi Dance
directed by Brayden Yoder
Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 18 min | Hawaiian, English
In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Brayden spent spent five years studying direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. His thesis film, Breakdown, gained acceptance to several festivals in North America and around the world, winning the “audience award” at the March 2014 HollyShorts Screening in Hollywood and an “emerging artist” award at the 2014 Taos Shortz Festival in New Mexico.
Before moving to the subcontinent, Brayden lived in Australia, where he studied screenwriting as part of a master’s in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Brayden gained selection to the 2014/2015 Writers Guild Foundation’s veterans' writing program at the WGA West; later that year, his writing also gained him admission to the screenwriting accelerator at Creative Lab Hawaiʻi.
Brayden decided to pursue a career in film after first serving as a U.S. Army officer in Germany and Iraq, experiences he credits with finding his voice on veterans issues and cultural understanding. In 2016, he formed Clearing Barrel Productions, an independent, veteran-owned company dedicated to telling stories that challenge, inspire, & entertain through the media arts.