Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

  • BY Darius Clark Monroe | IN Race & Ethnicity
    Premiered January 12, 2015

About the Film

In examining a bank robbery committed by Texas high school students, Darius Clark Monroe’s film interweaves suspenseful reenactment footage with candid interviews from people involved in every angle of the crime. The twist? The filmmaker himself was one of the men involved in the robbery. MORE

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.


 

The Filmmaker

Darius Clark Monroe, Producer/Director

Headshot of Evolution of a Criminal filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe.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. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Darius Clark Monroe

Executive Producer
Spike Lee

Produced by
Jen Gatien

Associate Producers
Tariq Holloway
Daniel Patterson
Donald Conley

Co-Executive Producers
Jay Kubassek
Mike Offit

Cinematographer
Daniel Patterson

Editor
Doug Lenox

Original Music by
T. Griffin

Interviewees
Sigrid Tillman
Michael Marshall
Carrie Lou Hood
Cary Dyer
Portland Dyer
Carlos Bounds
Tai Tennessee
Leroy “Trei” Callier III
Pierre Murphy
Miesha Walker
Pastor David Ned
Stacey L. Brownlee
Virginia Lister
Frances Plummer
Russell Walton
Ray Hill Frank Dewey
Sheril Antonio
Patti Pearson
Charles Blackwell
Jonetta Roquemore

Actors
Dante E. Clark
Vladimir Versailles
Jeremie Harris
Rosalyn Coleman
Benton Greene
Yvette Ganier
Frances Lozada
Ellie Foumbi
Max B. Young
Nedra McCylde
Obatala Mawusi
Brian Satz
James O’Brien
Jamaal Clay

Production Designer
Charlotte Royer

Property Master
Amy Teitter

Builder
Sam Bush

Costume Designer
Sarita Fellows

Makeup Artist
Trisha Dodson

Assistant Director
David Ketterer

Unit Production Manager
Jared Kaner

Production Coordinator
Erin Kennedy

Production Supervisor
Susan Carnival

Associate Editors
Keith Davis
Phyllis Housen

Assistant Editor
Fred Guerrier

Production Assistants
Jeremy Accime
Kionn Burt
Lopez Williams
Joey Singletary

Gaffer
Justyn T. Davis

Key Grip
Edward Al Roberts

Grip
Josh Wilson

Steadicam
David George Ellis

Assistant Camera
Nayantara Parikh

Camera Operator
Jon Goff

DIT Technician
Dylan Steinberg

Sound Designer
Matthew Polis

Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Matthew Polis

Sound Editor
Cody Ball

Audio Post Facility
Soundspace

Sound Mixers
John Ryan Johnson
Donald Conley
Tahir Jetter

Boom Operator
John Ryan Johnson

Score Performed by
T. Griffin (guitars/mallets/banjos/recording)
Kenric Taylor (voice)
Jason Ajemian (bass)
Rebecca Foon (cello)
Catherine McRae (violin)
Brian Crimmins (composer’s assistant)

Recorded at
Shiny Little Studios

DI Color Facility
Light Iron

Title Design by
Terence Nance

Legal
Steven Paul Mark

Special Thanks
Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School
Fort Bend County Independent School District
Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center
Elizabeth Fowlkes
Sheila Gatien
Al Hernandez
IFP Documentary Lab
Paul Morris
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Jamie O'Neill
Rooftop Films/DCTV
Screenwriters Colony
David Wasserman
Willowridge High School

Funding Provided by
Cinereach
Austin Film Society
Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation
Diandra De Morrell Douglas Foundation
Tribeca All Access

Evolution of a Criminal is a production of Evolution of a Criminal, LLC., June 24th, and Deerjen, in association with Aliquot Films.

This program was produced by Evolution of a Criminal, LLC. who is solely responsible for its content.

© 2014 Evolution of a Criminal, LLC. All rights reserved.

Do you relate to the filmmaker’s quest for forgiveness, and would you forgive him if you were a victim of the robbery? Did this film cause you to question the duality of human nature and how you view the word “criminal”? Do you have more empathy and understanding for some of the men and women locked up behind bars?
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Do you relate to the filmmaker’s quest for forgiveness, and would you forgive him if you were a victim of the robbery? Did this film cause you to question the duality of human nature and how you view the word “criminal”? Do you have more empathy and understanding for some of the men and women locked up behind bars?