Follow Me Down

Follow Me Down

Co-presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program in UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture and the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology

Follow Me Down explores the remarkable impact of music in Louisiana prisons. Filmed in three prisons over the course of two years, Georgetown University ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together portraits of extraordinary inmate musicians—some serving life sentences, some new commits, and one soon to be released. With unprecedented access, this unique investigation exemplifies music as a powerful tool in struggles with alienation, criminal justice, community, race, gender, privacy, and manipulation, ultimately revealing the humanity in us all. (103 min., color, HD)

A Q&A with the following participants will follow the screening:

Ben Harbert – filmmaker

Tom Skelly – Institutional Artist Facilitator (Artist In Residence) at the California Institution for Men in Chino

Jack Bowers – Chairman, William James Association (UC Santa Cruz)

Chris Waterman – Dean, UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. 

As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM. 

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.