Off the Rails

Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm

“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, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway, where he befriended transit workers, who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he had memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train six 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 even attended transit-worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union to which he didn’t belong. 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.

Shown with

The Leprechaun's Wife

The Leprechaun's Wife

Alexandra Shiva

A portrait of an extraordinary woman, wife, and mother living on the autism spectrum.

2016
21 min.