Becoming A Criminal

On a brisk winter morning in 2004, after leaving early from their final exams for the fall semester, four 19 and 20-year-old college students park an unmarked van outside of the Transylvania University Private Collections Museum. Home to a collection of some of the most valuable rare books and paintings in the world, including John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species, the four young men enter the building with the intention to steal history.


As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history unfolds, this true story explores human nature in the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and how quickly the misguided rebellion and angst of youthful struggles to find meaning and one’s place in the world can devolve into criminal behavior. 


This stranger than fiction true story is the inspiration for the major motion picture American Animals.


Chas Allen

Chas empowers his audiences to turn their struggles into strengths by sharing his own journey in overcoming adversity. His life story is the subject of a book titled, Evolution: Becoming a Criminal and dramatized in the film, 'American Animals' that releases at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Marketing & Publicity
  • May 29, 2018 – NYC premiere of American Animals – the studio is flying Chas in for this so we want to utilize that time for him to do NYC press (have him on hold for press on May 30 through the studio) Preface – Chas is sending (received today) Chicago – June 11 – will be sending out a Chicago based press pitch Kentucky – will be sending out a press pitch to hometown press London – pitching for in person opportunities June 27 – July 10
  • Personal PR Hired to do extensive PR support for the book in combination with the launch of the feature film
  • First Hand Account of the Transylvania Art Heist that made national news and is now featured in the film American Animals
  • As Seen In the Motion Picture American Animals to be released in 2018