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Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, The
Directed by
Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina

USA / 2013 / 74

East Coast Premiere

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Matthew Pond
Stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry takes a meticulous, carefully thought out plan in order to be perfectly executed without getting caught - but not for Doris Payne. Provoked by the blatant acts of racism she encountered in the 1950's as a black woman, Ms. Payne found a way to casually obtain any jewel she wanted. Teeming with interviews, the film delves into the process of how this 83 year-old woman stole two million dollars worth of jewelry throughout her lifetime, free of any inhibitions. Originally justifying her theft as means to free her mother from an abusive relationship, Doris soon fell in love with her newfound lifestyle of wealth, glamour, and over thirty aliases. As she now stands on trial for the theft of a department store diamond, the sharp-minded, sweet-hearted Doris Payne sways the audience into rooting for her innocence. This thoroughly engaging, yet comical, documentary takes the audience for a ride within the mind of an international criminal. –Nina Gioia
Kirk Marcolina received his MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Southern California. He produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary, Camp Out. He has edited many reality-based and documentary series, including Project Greenlight (HBO), The Bachelorette (ABC), and The Best of America Undercover (HBO). Marcolina taught Documentary Production at California State University, Long Beach and was a Trustee of the International Documentary Association.

Matthew Pond graduated from the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS) with a Masters in Documentary Producing where he directed and co-produced the Inside Film award-winning short documentary film, Undressing Vanessa, that aired nationally on Australian TV in 2008 and 2009 and 2013. Matthew has worked as an associate producer and consulting producer, respectively, on the feature length and award winning documentaries Tying the Knot (a feature on gay marriage) and Four Seasons Lodge.

Cast/Featuring: Doris Payne
Producer(s): Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
Director(s): Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina
Cinematographer(s): Peter Holland
Editor(s): Kirk Marcolina, Darmyn Calderon
Composer(s)/Music: Mark Rivett
Sound Designer(s): Tom Marks, CAS
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