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Nov 20, 2017

Small Business Profile: Jason Guzman of Flywheel Film

  Back in September we saw a great video all about Marvin Cochran, the owner of Rudy’s Hobby & Art. We absolutely fell in love with it and wanted to (…)

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Back in September we saw a great video all about Marvin Cochran, the owner of Rudy’s Hobby & Art. We absolutely fell in love with it and wanted to get to know the man behind the camera! Jason Guzman of Flywheel Film sat down with us and shared his inspiration for Rudy’s film and what he loves about owning a business here in Astoria.

Name of Business:

Flywheel Film

Owned by:

Jason Guzman

Year opened:


What are you known for?:

We pride ourselves on making films with artfully composed visuals and engaging storytelling.

Do you also live in Queens, if so where? How did you end of here?

I’m a native New Yorker and have been in Astoria for over 10 years. I like Astoria because it’s a realistic neighborhood with all sorts of people.

What made you decide to open a business in Astoria?

At Flywheel Film we love working with businesses and people who care about Astoria. We understand our local Astoria community and we enjoy collaborating with others who feel similarly.


What’s been your favorite moment since opening so far?

There have been a lot of great projects that have allowed us to meet great people in the neighborhood. Last year we did a short documentary about Rudy’s Hobby Shop that was a lot of fun. I have always loved the store and stop in and bring friends whenever I’m nearby. Making this short film about the store gave us the chance to preserve this special spot, that we found out meant a great deal to many people in the neighborhood. Talking with Marvin, the owner of Rudy’s, we also got some local history about what Astoria used to be like and the changes it’s gone through over the years. The film has been accepted at a bunch of film festivals and it’s been great to see this very personal story about a local Astoria character up on the screen for other to see.


What’s your favorite place to grab food when you’re working?

Shuya Cafe de Ramen really gets their Ramen right. There are a bunch of Ramen spots that have popped up over the past couple of years in Astoria, and they’re great, but Shuya Cafe really gets the subtly and nuisance of it.

Photo by NY Daily News

What’s a hidden Astoria secret you feel like people don’t know about that you absolutely love?

To name another restaurant, one I don’t think enough people know about, Cafe Triskell is an example of folks really paying attention to what they’re are doing and not putting out thoughtless or mediocre fare.

What’s your favorite place to grab a drink?

I’ve been going to Vite Bar recently. It’s unpretentious and I like the bartender Pino (or maybe he’s the owner), he’s an Italian guy and he knows that when you’re out drinking some wine, everyone should be having fun.

If you have friends or family visiting Astoria, where do you take them?

I like to show my friends and family Astoria Park, I especially like the trestles under the Hells Gate Bridge.

How have you seen Astoria change since you’ve been here?

While all neighborhoods are changing, the thing I like about Astoria is it seems a little more resistant to change than other neighborhoods.

What’s you’re favorite part of owning a business in Queens?

Having the opportunity to work with folks who share a common appreciation of the community and being able to use my understanding to help them and their business.

About Emily Rios

Emily Rios manages special events, sponsored content and advertising clients as WHA's Business Development Director. She is a passionate and dedicated youth developer with a strong background in non-profit management, and works as Senior Manager of Youth Leadership at generationOn.

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