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  • Filmmaker returns to the scene of the crime to explore why he became a bank robber as a teenager.

    Filmmaker returns to the scene of the crime to explore why he became a bank robber as a teenager.

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  • Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe as a baby with his mother, Sigrid Tillman.

    Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe as a baby with his mother, Sigrid Tillman.

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  • Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe and accomplices preparing to rob a bank.

    Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe and accomplices preparing to rob a bank.

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  • Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe and accomplice on the way to rob a bank.

    Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe and accomplice on the way to rob a bank.

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  • Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe being brought to face authorities.

    Still from film’s reenactment of Darius Monroe being brought to face authorities.

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  • Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe.

    Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe.

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The Film

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.

The Filmmaker

  1. Darius Clark MonroeDirector