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Toronto, November 10, 2014 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that December’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL (D: Darius Clark Monroe, USA, 81 min.), winner of the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Called “deeply moving” by The Hollywood Reporter, EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL will screen on Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, December 4, at 6:45 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West. Director Darius Clark Monroe will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following select screenings.

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL is an honest and raw self-portrait dissecting the various factors that drove the filmmaker from a lighthearted childhood to robbing a bank at the age of 16. Interweaving suspenseful re-enactment footage with candid interviews from people involved in every angle of the crime, including the participants, victims, family members, and law-enforcement officials, emotional discussions reveal how the crime impacted them at the time and how they relate to it now. Presenting himself as a cautionary tale, Monroe’s gripping film is an important conversation starter about race, class, education, and the prison system.

Single tickets for EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL are $15 ($12 for Bloor Hot Docs Cinema members) and can be purchased in advance online at or in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office. Student same-day tickets for the Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening are $7.50 (with valid student ID). In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are January 7 and 8, February 4 and 5, March 4 and 5, and April 1 and 2. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Best of Hot Docs weekends in Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge City as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup and Best of Hot Docs series.

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds and by print media sponsor The Globe and Mail.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 – May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

Media Contact:
Patrycja Cieniewicz
Publicity & Promotions Coordinator, Hot Docs
Telephone: 416-203-2155 x292

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