the film

What began as a very simple storyline about an artist finding dead dogs dumped in garbage bags along Train Avenue in Cleveland, morphed into a complex examination of the road’s history, shedding light on the human related atrocities that have occurred during its 150+ years of existence.

Towards the end of 2012, while scavenging through trash dumped along Train Avenue – a known illegal dumping ground, looking for items to repurpose into art, Cleveland tattoo and visual artist, Sean Jason Kelly, makes a gruesome discovery of a dead dog in a bag along this forgotten road.

Over the course of the next several months continuously finding more and more, Sean starts to cremate them to respect their life, so they don’t get picked up by the city and dumped in the landfill like trash. As the jars of ashes begin to accumulate, he decides to incorporate their ashes into his art to tell their stories.

This documentary – “Train Ave“, is a River Fire Films production, which tells the story about an artist and his heartfelt act of compassion towards the dogs of Train Avenue, while also covering relevant and timely human social issues in this underserved part of town, such as poverty, violent crime, homelessness, and mental illness. Life ‘on the wrong side of the tracks’.