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Showman, scholar, savant...cashier? Meet David Teitel, a man who knows more about numbers than you could ever imagine.
David Teitel has worked as a cashier at health food stores since the mid-1980s. He enjoys sharing history facts, baseball statistics and arithmetic with customers — he’s famous for his numbers knowledge.
David lives alone in a messy apartment; handwritten notes cover his walls, appliances and kitchen cupboards. They serve as to-do lists, schedules, appointments and reminders of interesting people, places and stuff.
David has been living with hepatitis C for 39 years and is waiting to be accepted into a new clinical trial. Waiting for treatment, David reflects on his life: his relationship with his parents, his painful adolescence and a period of isolation in his early 20s.
After dropping out of school and struggling with mental illness, David began his career in customer service at an independent cheese store in Kensington Market in Toronto. He’s spent more than 30 years as a cashier and entertainer at health food stores. After years of wrestling with personal demons, David found an environment that’s a perfect fit for his playful nature.
Produced, Directed and Edited
DR. JORDAN WALSH
Cinematography / Motion Graphics / Colour
Sound Design / Sound Mix
Additional Sound Design
Consulting Story Editor
Archival Stills Courtesy Of
PATRICK CUMMINS (TORONTO STREET SCENES)
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
VINCENZO PIETROPAOLO (KENSINGTON MARKET 1981)
SALLY MINTZ LEVY
CAROL SHERMAN (DAVID IN THE 1970s)
CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
LEAH R. TAYLOR
Archival Footage Courtesy Of
BILL JOHNSTON / SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Special Thanks To
GRAHAM M. SHEPPARD
THE BIG CARROT & CUSTOMERS
TORONTO HEBREW MEMORIAL PARKS
PARDES SHALOM CEMETERY
TORONTO WESTERN HOSPITAL
PERFORMED BY THE SIMCHATONICS
COMPOSED BY STEVEN RICE PRODUCTIONS
PUBLISHER: SUNSET HILL MUSIC ASCAP
COURTESY OF PRODUCTIONTRAX
PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR
PERFORMED BY STEPHEN HOUGH
COMPOSED BY FRANZ LISZT
COURTESY OF HYPERION RECORDS LIMIITED
BLUE DANUBE WALTZ OP. 314
ALBUM: STRAUSS HIGHLIGHTS – BLUE DANUBE, RADETSZKY MARCH
COMPOSED BY JOHANN STRAUSS II
COURTESY OF APM MUSIC
ALBUM: THE VINTAGE SOUL ERA
COMPOSERS: CHRISTOPHE DESCHAMPS, JEAN LEONARDEN, VINCENT PERROT, ERIC STARCZAN (SACEM)
COURTESY OF APM MUSIC
Executive In Charge Of Programming For CBC Docs
Produced in Association with
THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY
NUMBERS GUY WAS FILMED ON LOCATION IN TORONTO, ONTARIO