OFF THE RAILS

The Darius McCollum Story

"Offbeat and enjoyable"

− THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Unbelievably true"

− INDIEWIRE

"An absolute must-see"

− UNSEEN FILMS

"A fascinating story"

− DURHAM HERALD-SUN

"Heart-rending"

− HUFFINGTON POST

"Sharply funny"

− TORONTO FILM SCENE

TRAILER

STORY

OFF THE RAILS tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.

As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements.

Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to.

Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.

SCREENINGS

Available for purchase/streaming in 2017   

 

THEATRICAL RELEASE

TORONTO • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
hotdocscinema.ca
October 7 – 15

LOS ANGELES • Laemmle Music Hall 
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November 4 – 10 

NEW YORK • Metrograph Theatre
metrograph.com
November 18 – 24

 

 

UPCOMING FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL • London, UK
raindancefestival.org
Sept 23 & 30 

FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL • Hickory, NC
footcandlefilmfestival.com
September 25

CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST • Chagrin Falls, OH
chagrinfilmfest.org
October 6 & 7 

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL • Tacoma, WA
tacomafilmfestival.com
October 9 

BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL • Buffalo, NY
buffalointernationalfilmfestival.com
October 9 

HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL • Hot Springs, AR
hsdfi.org
October 7 – 16 

SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL • Santa Fe, NM
santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
October 20 & 23 

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL • Indianapolis, IN
heartlandfilm.org
October 21 – 23 & 27 

ST LOUIS FILM FESTIVAL • St Louis, MO
cinemastlouis.org
November 5 

Many more to come – please check back for updates!

 

 

PAST SCREENINGS

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL • Durham, NC
April 7               

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL • Sarasota, FL
April 9 & 10

RIVERRUN FILM FESTIVAL • Winston-Salem, NC
April 10 & 11         

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL • Newport Beach, CA
April 24 & 25    **WON BEST DOCUMENTARY**

HOT DOCS  • Toronto, Canada
May 4 – 8

SAN FRANCISCO DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL • San Francisco, CA
June 12 & 14

PROVINCETOWN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL • Provincetown, MA
June 16 & 19     **WON SCHLESINGER AWARD**

INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL • Red Bank, NJ
July 7

OPEN ROOF FESTIVAL • Toronto, Canada
July 20

WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL • Woods Hole, MA (Cape Cod)
August 1    **WON BEST DOCUMENTARY**

SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL • Birmingham, AL
August 28 

DOC UTAH • St. George, UT
Sept 8 & 10    **WON BEST DOCUMENTARY**

PRAISE

“An absolute must see… as high a recommendation as I can give” – Unseen Films

“A sharply funny human interest story that will be hard to forget…Imagine a feature-length version of an excellent, complex ‘Humans of New York’ story” – Toronto Film Scene

“Offbeat and enjoyable” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A fascinating story told with heart”  – The Durham Herald-Sun

“Beautifully photographed and expertly edited…a highly entertaining story that mixes thrills, comedy and drama” – Hammer to Nail

AWARDS

JURY PRIZE, BEST DOCUMENTARY
Newport Beach Film Festival

JOHN SCHLESINGER AWARD for OUTSTANDING DIRECTING
Provincetown International Film Festival

JURY PRIZE, BEST DOCUMENTARY
Woods Hole Film Festival

JURY PRIZE, BEST DOCUMENTARY
DocUtah Film Festival

JURY PRIZE, BEST DIRECTING
DocUtah Film Festival

TEAM

ADAM IRVING

ADAM IRVING

DIRECTOR // PRODUCER // DP

Originally from Toronto, Adam dropped out of his PhD program in media studies at the University of Texas to work as a filmmaker in L.A. He began as a reality TV cameraman, then forayed into producing fundraising videos for non-profit organizations before embarking on his dream of making documentaries. Off the Rails is Adam’s first film. He holds an M.A. from NYU-Tisch and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

GLEN ZIPPER

GLEN ZIPPER

PRODUCER

After three years as an assistant state prosecutor in New Jersey, Glen moved to L.A. to make movies. Through his production company Zipper Brothers Films, he produced Undefeated, which went on to win the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Glen also served as executive in charge of production on Martin Scorsese’s Emmy-winning George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

TCHAVDAR GEORGIEV

TCHAVDAR GEORGIEV

EDITOR // CO-PRODUCER

Tchavdar’s editing credits include HBO's two-time Emmy-nominated Valentine Road (Sundance), Finders Keepers (Sundance), We Live in Public (Sundance Grand Jury Prize) and Nat Geo's Emmy-nominated Alien Earths. He received an Emmy nomination for directing and producing The Desert of Forbidden Art (PBS). He has also produced for BBC, History Channel, MTV and USA Network.

DUNCAN THUM

DUNCAN THUM

COMPOSER

After graduating USC’s film scoring program, Duncan scored several seasons of the wildly popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, which earned him back-to-back Emmy nominations. Duncan’s other composing credits include Body Slam: Revenge of the Banana! (Tribeca) and Bite Size (Sundance).

CONTACT

 

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NEWS

RAILS Picked Up for Distribution, More Awards

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OFF THE RAILS has been picked up for distribution and will have an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release in Toronto, NY and LA. Read the exciting announcement in The Hollywood Reporter. The Reporter also listed RAILS as an Academy Award contender for best documentary. Shortly after making this list, RAILS took home top honors at DocUtah, winning best directing and best documentary. SundanceNOW DocClub has acquired the film’s streaming/VOD rights, while The Film Collaborative is handling its theatrical release. Journeyman Pictures (UK) will handle foreign sales while Alexander Street Press will take educational sales. Passion River Films acquired the film’s DVD rights.

Darius McCollum at 28th Street Station, New York.

Darius McCollum at 28th Street Station, New York.

Darius on NBC

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Tonight, NBC aired a major news story on Darius in his very first TV interview. Sarah Wallace of NBC 4’s investigative team interviewed Darius at Rikers Island where he is currently incarcerated. The segment featured several clips from OFF THE RAILS. NBC aired a second story on Darius later in the evening, going deeper into his case.

Darius on NBC News

Darius on NBC News

Darius on NBC News

NBC's Sarah Wallace Interviews Darius at Rikers Island

NBC’s Sarah Wallace Interviews Darius at Rikers Island

AP Story Goes Viral

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Today, the Associated Press published a story on Darius McCollum, the subject of OFF THE RAILS. The article quoted the film’s director Adam Irving, who explained what drew him to Darius: “If there’s one thing that really drew me in, it is his sacrifice…I don’t know anyone that would give up 20 years in prison to do something that most New Yorkers would find extremely mundane. Collecting a subway fare? Driving a bus route?” The story (by Colleen Long) was picked up by dozens of news outlets around the world including NBC and the Guardian.