Evolution of a Criminal

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Evolution of a Criminal

  • 2014
  • Directed By: Darius Clark Monroe
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 83 Minutes
  1. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Evolution of a Criminal
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe is scheduled to be present
How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?


In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation 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 his own life.

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. Evolution of a Criminal Premieres on Independent Lens In January 2015 on PBS. (2K DCP presentation)

“A terrific movie, as well as the birth of an artist."
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Darius Clark Monroe
Darius Clark Monroe attended Willowridge High School in Houston, where he was an honors student taking advance placement courses. In his junior year, he and two classmates robbed a Bank of America branch near their high school. Convicted of the crime, Monroe was sentenced to five years in prison; while serving time he obtained his GED and took college courses, eventually deciding that he wanted to become a filmmaker. In 2004, Monroe graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a BA in Communications: Media Production, and subsequently received an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An award-winning filmmaker, Monroe is a National Board of Review, HBO Short Film and Urbanworld Best Screenplay award recipient.

Most recently, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Screenwriters Colony and chosen as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. Evolution of a Criminal is his first feature film and is the recipient of an Austin Film Society Grant, Spike Lee Production Fellowship, Warner Bros. Film Award, Cinereach Grant, King Finishing Award, Tribeca All Access Participant, and a selectee of the IFP Documentary Lab.