Johnson State College, in collaboration with Vermont Public Television, will host a screening and discussion of the documentary Evolution of a Criminal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Cinema Room of the college’s Stearns Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime and personal essay, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas. By interviewing family members, close friends and mentors, he depicts 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 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.
After serving five years in prison, Monroe eventually enrolled in New York University’s graduate film school, where he met Spike Lee. The longtime filmmaker is executive producer of Monroe’s film, which premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in March.
The screening is part of PBS’ monthly Community Cinema series, in which free monthly screenings and community discussions of films from PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series “Independent Lens” are held throughout Vermont and the nation.