Darius Clark Monroe

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Darius Clark Monroe
BornNovember 11, 1980
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Houston, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
OccupationWriter, producer, director
WebsiteDarius Clark Monroe's vimeo

Darius Clark Monroe (born 1980, Houston, Texas) is a writer, producer, and director, living and working in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2]

Early life & robbery[edit]

As a teenager, Monroe robbed a bank in Stafford, Texas; which resulted in him being sentenced to 5 years in prison.[3][4]



Evolution of a Criminal (2014)[edit]

Monroe's feature debut, Evolution of a Criminal, World Premiered at SXSW 2014.[5] The film won awards at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award) and Dallas International Film Festival (Special Jury Prize).[6] Produced by Monroe, Daniel Patterson, and Keith Davis; and, executive produced by Spike Lee; filmmaker Darius Monroe returns to his home town and to the bank where he committed the crime, examining and confronting how his actions affected the lives of his family, friends, and victims.[7][8] Evolution of a Criminal started as a project of Monroe’s at NYU’s film school.[9]

Black 14 (2018)[edit]

Released in 2018, Black 14 is a documentary set in 1969 detailing the lives of 14 black student athletes who were dismissed from the University of Wyoming's football team for protesting against racial harassment and racial discrimination in the Mormon church.[10][11] Monroe utilizes historic footage in his 15 minute documentary to probe the role the media coverage played in representing and manufacturing public perception of the protest.[12] Black 14 played at the Tribeca Film Festival.[13]


Darius Clark Monroe participated in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta.[14][15] Monroe presented four short documentary films as part of the 2019 Biennial's dedicated screening program. The films, all on racquet sports, are titled: South Oxford (2019), All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club (2019), Maravilla (2019), and Serve (2019).[16] Monroe's films played alongside Jenn Nkiru’s film, BLACK TO TECHNO.[16]


  1. ^ "Darius Clark Monroe". Tribeca Film Institute.
  2. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2014-10-09). "A Bank Robber Reflects". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  3. ^ "'Evolution of a Criminal': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  4. ^ "Evolution of a Criminal | ITVS". itvs.org.
  5. ^ Smith, Mychal Denzel (2014-10-14). "'Evolution of a Criminal': A Conversation With Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe". ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  6. ^ "Darius Clark Monroe - Duke MFA | EDA". mfaeda.duke.edu.
  7. ^ Evolution of a Criminal, retrieved 2019-04-08
  8. ^ Champagne, Christine (2015-01-12). "From Bank Robber To Filmmaker, Darius Clark Monroe Tells A Personal Story In "Evolution Of A Criminal"". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  9. ^ "Darius Clark Monroe's Personal Crime Doc The Evolution of a Criminal Is a Marvel of Feeling | Village Voice". www.villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  10. ^ "Director Darius Monroe Talks New Doc 'Black 14' and the Forgotten College Football Protest From 1960s". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  11. ^ "BLACK 14". DOCNYC. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  12. ^ "'Black 14': New Doc Tackles Race, Sports, Protest, and History | The Takeaway". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  13. ^ "Black 14 | 2019 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  14. ^ "Whitney Biennial 2019". whitney.org.
  15. ^ "2019 Whitney Biennial Announces Participating Artists". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  16. ^ a b "Whitney Biennial 2019 Film Screenings and Performances". whitney.org. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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