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FILM: Off The Rails: The Darius McCollum Story at MOCAD
Mar 22, 2017
MOCAD: 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Off The Rails: The Darius McCollum Story
Wednesday, March 22, 7pm doors open, 8pm film begins
Admission: $5 (free for members), buy advance tickets at mocadetroit.org
Off The Rails tells the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors. As a boy in Queens, NY, 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 for eight stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements.
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.