The wait has finally come to an end to view Evolution of a Criminal by one of Spike Lee’s protegé Darius Monroe. This Film took the 2014 film fest circuit by storm to say the least! For those who were living under an artistic rock In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker 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.
Coming back to his neighborhood many years later, 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.
This Unprecedented film will make its TV debut tonight through the Independent Lens Program platform via PBS at 10pm. Gather all your youth together this is one film that just might help open the mind to what consequences are to many youth and detour them from making the wrong decisions.
About Darius Clark Monroe, Producer/Director:
Darius Clark Monroe is an award-winning filmmaker and MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He’s a National Board of Review, HBO Short Film, and Urbanworld Best Screenplay award recipient. Most recently, Monroe was selected to the prestigious Screenwriters Colony, and chosen as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. His first feature film, the autobiographical documentary Evolution of a Criminal was a 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.