Train Ave

"Somewhere between Wall Street and Main Street is life on the 'other' side of the tracks."

A talented artist continuously makes discoveries of deceased dogs in garbage bags along a forgotten road, showing compassion and memorializing them into his art, opening dialogue about a little dark secret of Cleveland's past and present in an attempt to change its future.

  • Jeffrey Theman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Jeffrey Theman
Director Biography - Jeffrey Theman

Jeff Theman is a lifelong self taught artist in every medium he chooses - from drawing, to creative writing, to photography and filmmaking.

His first documentary film - Guilty Til Proven Innocent, was an examination of laws called Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which restrict or prohibit certain types of dogs, using Ohio's 25 year statewide BSL as the backdrop, and how it affected local municipalities. It was originally released in 2013,where it screened in 20-some U.S. cities, including two film festivals (2013 St. Louis International Film Festival; 2014 Kansas City Film Fest) and three law school universities as part of their animal law curriculum. It was then re-released in 2019 completely re-edited, enhanced, and updated.

"Train Ave" began in 2014, and was officially completed in February 2020.

There are two more films currently in some phase of production under his Cleveland-based River Fire Films production company.

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Director Statement

I take being a documentary filmmaker very serious. I have the incredible task to represent an individual, subject, or topic fairly and accurately, while also using critical thought skills through the entire process to tell the story. Being a storyteller means - you tell the actual story, and not your story or the story you want to tell. There's a difference.