Documentary Feature Competition
The winner of the Documentary Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
Evolution of a Criminal
USA, 2014, 80 min., Color

How does a 16 year-old become a bank robber?

In EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe asks this very question—about himself. After seeing his mother and stepfather struggle to make ends meet while living outside of Houston, Texas, Monroe decided to help them by robbing a bank with two friends. In the film, Monroe interviews his family members, close friends and mentors who recount the stages of his transformation, going from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on society and his life as a whole.

Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.

-- Sarah Harris

Executive Producer
Jay Kubassek, Spike Lee
Darius Clark Monroe
Jen Gatien, Darius Clark Monroe
Daniel Patterson
Doug Lenox
T. Griffin
Production Design
Charlotte Royer
Vladimi Versailles, Rosalyn Coleman, Benton Greene, Nedra McClyde, Dante E. Clark

Director Bio
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a BA in Communications. As a student, he served as a television production intern for ABC and the short-film coordinator for the 2004 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. While attending graduate school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he wrote, produced and directed the short film TESTIFY which has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide. EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, his first feature-length documentary, has garnered him a Texas Filmmakers Production Grant, Spike Lee Production Fellowship grant, and a Warner Bros. Film Award.
Screenings Co-presented by:
Texas Black Film Festival, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
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