Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Life & Crimes of Doris Payne


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 74 minutes

Life & Crimes of Doris Payne
Life & Crimes of Doris Payne
Life & Crimes of Doris Payne
Life & Crimes of Doris Payne

At first glance, Doris Payne seems like a pretty normal old lady. The 81-year-old is sweet and charming and could easily remind you of your grandmother. But, as THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE proves, she's anything but ordinary. And, unless your grandma is a notorious international jewel thief, it's safe to say they're unalike. For over 60 years, Payne has stolen more than two million dollars in jewelry from places including Tiffany's and Cartier. She did so not by force, but by demonstrating some incredible slight of hand trickery. Growing up impoverished during the time of segregation, Payne's motivations for stealing are complex. Her first score was out of necessity – she used the money to rescue her mother from her abusive father. While her initial intentions could be justified, the rest of her crime career is certainly debatable. Now facing prison time for a recent theft, Payne remains unapologetic about her past. This riveting documentary offers fascinating insight into the unbelievable life of one of America's most unlikely crooks. —E.F.

Life & Crimes of Doris Payne

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Pan-African Images

Documentary Features

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina

Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina

Peter Holland

Kirk Marcolina, Darmyn Calderon

Director Bio
Matthew Pond earned a Master's in Documentary Producing from the Australian Film Television Radio School. He was the associate producer on the award-winning documentary, "Tying The Knot." Kirk Marcolina received an M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from The University of Southern California. He was nominated for a GLAAD award for his Bravo show, Gay Weddings. His first feature documentary "Camp Out," co-directed with Larry Grimaldi, screened at the 30th CIFF.

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This film is presented with the generous support of DENISE HUCK and MIKE BARUSCHKE.

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