Now Showing: Evolution of a Criminal

This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Community Cinema creates real and lasting change — both at home and around the world.

Evolution of a Criminal: In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey of reflection and forgiveness. Find a free screening near you! Learn more >>

  • Evolution of a Criminal

    Prevent Youth Delinquency

    Mentoring can help prevent youth from getting involved in delinquency. The Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention offers an array of mentoring resources.

  • Evolution of a Criminal

    Support Community Reentry

    Volunteer with an organization that helps former inmates reenter the community. Find an organization near you with The National Reentry Resource Center’s directory.

  • Evolution of a Criminal

    Explore Forgiveness

    Have a discussion with your family or friends about love and/or forgiveness. The Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love offers resources for having these conversations.

  • Evolution of a Former Criminal: How to Break the Crime Relapse Cycle

    How does a 16-year-old go from an honors student to bank robber? In this month’s Community Cinema film, Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores the financial desperation that led him to turn to crime as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime to interview family members, close friends, and mentors to reflect on the aftermath. SPOILER ALERT: this post contains some slight spoilers.

    more »
  • Letter from the Filmmaker: Evolution of a Criminal

    In the fall of 2006, I was a third year graduate film student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As the school year drew to a close, third years were informed that we should begin thinking about our thesis film projects. I hadn’t a clue as to what I wanted to shoot, but I knew I wanted to make something that challenged and pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

    more »
  • Community Cinema Joins the Online Conversation with Independent Lens

    It’s here – a brand new season of dynamic screening events with Community Cinema. This season, Community Cinema is proud to celebrate 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions about films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.

    more »
  • One Giant Leap for Women in STEM

    This month’s film, MAKERS: Women in Space explores how women are making their mark in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Unfortunately, many girls and young women feel discouraged by their friends, families, and/or pop-culture, from pursuing a career in STEM, because STEM is still seen as something “only boys are good at.” Here are some quick […]

    more »
  • Our Top 10 Favorite Funny Ladies

    In honor of this month’s free Community Cinema film, MAKERS, we put together our own list of our favorite funny ladies.

    more »