The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne

Director Kirk Marcolina, Matthew Pond
Genre Documentary
Runtime 73 minutes
Supplier Films Transit International
Festivals/Awards Winner - Audience Award, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
Release Date In theatres on June 6, 2014


How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the worlds most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels shes 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 Tiffanys from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies societys prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart.

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June 26-July 3, 2014 Toronto, ON Magic Lantern Carlton Cinemas
June 26-29, 2014 Winnipeg, MA Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque

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