The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
Wichita Scottish Rite CenterWed, Oct 16, 2013 7:30 PM - Wed, Oct 16, 2013 9:30 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:73 min
Production Country:USA
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Director:Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond

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

Included Shorts
Wade in the Water (Wade in the Water) (13min) More
Additional Information

Co-Director Matthew Pond scheduled to attend - click to read more.

Playing with short: Wade In The Water, d. Stefano Ridolfi (Spain, 2013)


Followed by the Opening Night Gala Party at Botanica (701 Amidon) with open bar, food from --- and live music by Virgin Mary Satellite.

Sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt