'Off the Rails,' Doc Version of Upcoming Julia Roberts Drama, to Get Oscar-Qualifying Run (Exclusive)
Adam Irving's directorial debut centers around a man with Asperger's syndrome who has been jailed 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.
Off the Rails is on track for the upcoming awards season.
Adam Irving's acclaimed documentary about Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger's syndrome who has been jailed 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes, will be given a limited awards-qualifying theatrical release in November by The Film Collaborative. Its North American TV, VOD and SVOD rights have been acquired by SundanceNow Doc Club as part of a six-figure deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
McCollum also is the subject of the upcoming film Train Man, in which Julia Roberts will play his longtime attorney, Sally Butler.
Orly Ravid, attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and founder of The Film Collaborative, served as sales agent.
Passion River Films is handling DVD distribution, Journeyman Pictures is handling foreign distribution and Alexander Street Press is handling educational distribution.
Irving's directorial debut was financed by Gemini Pictures and produced by Glen Zipper (best documentary feature Oscar winner Undefeated). It had its world premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and subsequently screened at the Hot Docs, Newport Beach (jury prize, best documentary), Woods Hole (jury prize, best documentary), Provincetown (John Schlesinger Award) and Sarasota festivals.
Upcoming fest appearances include Raindance and Savannah.