Truth is stranger than fiction, or so the saying goes. And that is certainly the case in a documentary about the MTA’s latest perceived menace.
“Off The Rails” follows Darius McCollum, a man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, who has gone to jail 32 times for impersonating various members of the Metro Transit Authority. From NYC subway drivers to track repairmen, McCollum loves all things public transit and is willing to take volunteering to the next level.
The debut documentary from Adam Irving does not only shed a light upon the motivations of McCollum’s actions, but investigates the New York criminal justice system and why they have not properly been able to handle cases like McCollum’s. The film is as much a personal exploration as a critique of our nation’s systems.
A narrative feature based on McCollum’s life is also currently in the works.
“Off the Rails” will have its world premiere on April 7 at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC, followed by a large-scale festival circuit roll out with stops at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 9 and 10, the RiverRun Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC on April 10 and 11, the Newport Beach Film Festival in California from April 21-28, followed by an international premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival in Toronto on May 4.
Check out our exclusive trailer above.