the film

What began as a very simple storyline about a talented Cleveland artist who makes disturbing discoveries of dead dogs dumped in garbage bags along Train Avenue, turned into this complex examination of the road’s history, while shedding light on the human related social issues, as well as environmental, that have been allowed to occur during its 120 years of existence.

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

Over the course of the subsequent weeks and 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 those jars of ashes begin to accumulate, he decides to incorporate their ashes into his art to tell their stories. And, the art is just so hauntingly beautiful.

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 found on 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. The dogs found are not the disease, but a symptom to an illness.

Train Ave” is – “Life on the ‘other side’ of the tracks”.