OFF THE RAILS

The Darius McCollum Story

"Offbeat and enjoyable"

− THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Unbelievably true"

− INDIEWIRE

"A fascinating story told with heart"

− DURHAM HERALD-SUN

"An absolute must-see"

− UNSEEN FILMS

"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

*Coming to NYC in November*
Available for purchase/streaming in 2017     

 

UPCOMING FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL • Birmingham, AL
sidewalkfest.com
August 28 

DOC UTAH • St. George, UT
docutah.com
Sept 8 & 10

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL • London, UK
raindancefestival.org
Sept 21 – Oct 2 

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

CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST • Chagrin Falls, OH (Cleveland)
chagrinfilmfest.org
October 5-9 

Many more to come – please check back for updates!

 

THEATRICAL RELEASE

LOS ANGELES • Lammle Music Hall (Beverly Hills, CA)
laemmle.com
November 4-10 

NEW YORK • Theater TBD
November 18-24

 

PAST SCREENINGS

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL • Durham, NC
fullframefest.org
April 7               

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL • Sarasota, FL
sarasotafilmfestival.com
April 9 & 10

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

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

HOT DOCS  • Toronto, Canada
hotdocs.ca
May 4 – 8

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

PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL • Provincetown, MA
ptownfilmfest.org
June 16 & 19    **WON JOHN SCHLESINGER AWARD**

INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL • Red Bank, NJ
indiestreetfilmfestival.org
July 7

OPEN ROOF FESTIVAL • Toronto, Canada
openrooffestival.com
July 20

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

REVIEWS

“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

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

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.