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The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne


Fri, Apr 26 7:00 PM
Scotiabank 3

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Sun, Apr 28 4:00 PM
The ROM Theatre

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Wed, May 1 1:30 PM
Scotiabank 4

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73 minutes | USA  | English  | World Premiere | Rating: PG

How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves? Just ask her. A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Payne now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, filmmakers Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylish recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-Presented with Manifesto

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Matthew Pond
Kirk Marcolina

Matthew Pond
Kirk Marcolina

Derth Adams

Kirk Marcolina
Darmyn Calderon

Mark Rivett

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