After premiering this spring at SXSW, Darius Clark Monroe's Evolution of a Criminal has gone on to screen at more festivals around the world this summer than I can keep track of, much less mention here (including the LA Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and BAM CinemaFest). The film scored the top prize at Full Frame and the HBO Best Documentary Award at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival... and probably won a boatload of other awards I somehow am unaware of. IT'S THAT GOOD.
(Not that I'm surprised, I don't need Brooklyn magazine to tell me that Darius is one of BK's most promising filmmakers, or praise from The New Yorker and Roger Ebert to know that this film is well worth watching.)
If all this wasn't badass enough, Darius has opted to independently release the film in limited theaters and VOD this fall, immediately landing on The New York Times' Fall Arts Preview and the LA Times Fall Movie Preview.
Oh, right, and you can catch Evolution's TV Broadcast Premiere Monday, January 12th on PBS Independent Lens.
I couldn't be happier to have thrown a little bit of love and labor this incredible artist's way, bravo D!