The Leftovers

An iconic element of New York City life is dying. Until recently, driving a yellow cab in New York was a gateway to the middle class; but with the emergence of highly unregulated, multi-billion dollar app dispatch companies, the city’s yellow cab drivers are now unable to make ends meet. Many of these cabbies invested in taxi medallions (permits to operate their own cabs, rather than leasing cars from others) to fund their retirement, but now find themselves deeply in debt due to the medallions' sharp decline in value . At least 6 of these drivers have committed suicide. The film follow two drivers, Nicholas Hent (whose best friend and fellow cabbie took his own life as a result of economic distress) and John McDonagh (who has spent over 40 years behind the wheel of a yellow cab) as they maneuver through the rubble of a once thriving industry.

  • Olivier Bernier
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2019
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Director - Olivier Bernier