The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

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The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

Find out how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1930s America winds up as one of the world's most notorious jewel thieves.

A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the millions of dollars of jewels she's stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. Hers is the journey of a poor black girl, who, despite growing up in the segregated South, dreamt of becoming a worldly, well-traveled woman; and who, because of her chosen occupation, became one. Does her life fit within the grand tradition of Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt and Miles Davis - great black American artists who had to cross the Atlantic to reach their full potential? Or is she best labeled, as one victim said, "a psychopath?" This film reveals 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 and her own version of the American Dream.

Televised Broadcasts:
Al Jazeera America (USA)
Yes/DBS Satellite (Israel)
VPRO (Holland)
TVN7 (Poland)
Planete (France)
Royal Seal Media (China)

"Critics' Pick! Fascinating. Part caper comedy, part revenge tale, and part glorious whopper. Payne's storied past... is called up with invigorating brio. The screenwriter... Eunetta Boone has a storyteller's sense of what to boil all this rich material down to, and she manages to honor the complexity of race, crime, American life, and the print-the-legend pleasure of a tale well told."
- Alan Scherstuhl, VILLAGE VOICE

"A ripping good yarn. (There's) an embarrassment of riches in Ms. Payne's story. Fleet-fingered jewel thief, compulsive liar, one-woman race crusader, parasite, parent, performer. A peppy and beguiling portrait... (of a) charming, quick-witted and resourceful subject."
- Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Nobody can tell the story like Payne herself. She does so with gusto."
- Linda Barnard, THE TORONTO STAR

2014 Roxbury International Film Festival

2013 Antenna Documentary Film Festival

2013 Austin Film Festival

2013 Ojai Film Festival

Film Festivals:
Hot Docs (Toronto)
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Woodstock Film Festival
Best of Hot Docs (Vancouver)
Gimli Film Festival (Canada)
Tallgrass Film Festival (Kansas) -- OPENING NIGHT FILM
Antenna Documentary Fest (Sydney) -- CLOSING NIGHT & AWARD WINNER
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Arkansas)
Driftless Film Festival (Wisconsin)
Cinema St. Louis
Hardacre Film Fest (Iowa)
ArcLight Hollywood Documentary Festival
Bermuda Documentary Film Festival
Austin Film Festival -- AWARD WINNER
Ojai Film Festival -- AWARD WINNER
Cleveland International Film Festival
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece)
Cleveland International Film Festival
Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Roxbury Int. Film Fest (Boston) -- OPENING NIGHT & AWARD WINNER
American Documentary Film Fest (Palm Springs)
Salem Film Festival (Massachusetts)
Docaviv International Film Festival (Israel)
Byron Bay International Film Festival (Australia)
Endeavours Documentary Film Festival (Singapore)

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