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Train Ride is an award-winning, critically acclaimed feature thriller film written and directed by Rel Dowdell, which was released in 2005 by Sony/Ruffnation Films. It revolves around the consequences of an incident of date rape on a college campus in Philadelphia, and stars Wood Harris, MC Lyte, Russell Hornsby, Thomas Braxton Jr., Guru, Joe Clair, KaDee Strickland, and Emmy-award winning actress Esther Rolle. The film was shot in 1998, but financing problems meant that the post-production process took several years to complete. However, positive reviews from screenings of the film had been surfacing on the Internet Movie Database from as early as 2000.[1] Train Ride was Esther Rolle's last project before her death in November 1998, and the film is dedicated to her. Train Ride was shot on the campus of Cheyney University, which is the oldest African American college in the United States.

The film recently got high praise by noted film historian/critic Irv Slifkin in his best-selling book Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City's Movies,' which was published by Middle Atlantic Press in 2006. The film also was in the top ten best-selling African-American films on in 2006.

Dowdell's next feature film effort as writer and director will be a drama entitled, "Changing The Game," to be shot in Philadelphia in Spring 2010. The film will produced By Changing The Game, LP, Changing The Game Films, LLC d/b/a Changing The Game, LLC, Advent Group, CTGLLC.


  • Slifkin, Irv. [2] "Train Ride" review in book "Filmadelphia:

A Celebration of City's Movies." Retrieved November, 2006.

  • Biography for actress Esther Rolle. [3] Retrieved February 5, 2008.

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