‘Evolution Of A Criminal’ Interview With Darius Monroe Clark
‘Evolution Of A Criminal’ opens in theaters today and Rich Girl got an opportunity to chat with filmmaker Darius Monroe Clark.
HOW DOES A 16 YEAR-OLD HONOR STUDENT EVOLVE INTO A BANK ROBBER? In the moving and compelling documentary, 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.
Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.
Monroe interviews family members, close friends, mentors and those innocent bystanders who happened to be at the bank on that fateful day. Family and friends 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. The people from the bank remember that day vividly, as he asks for their forgiveness 10 years after the act.
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL is not only a story of a good kid gone bad, but also brings forth the issues of economic injustice, poverty, race, and the importance of family in a very moving and insightful way. The film is executive produced by Monroe’s professor at NYU Film School Spike Lee and Jen Gatien and the DP is the amazing newcomer Daniel Patterson.
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL A FILM BY DARIUS CLARK MONROE
October 17 – Los Angeles – LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL BEVERLY HILLS
October 10 – New York – IFC CENTER
And in select cities across the nation throughout October and November.
***Winner – Grand Jury Prize – 2014 Full Frame Film Festival
***Winner – Filmmaker Award – 2014 Full Frame Film Festival
***Winner – Special Jury Prize – 2014 Dallas Film Festival
***World Premiere – 2014 SXSW Film Festival
***Official Selection – 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival