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. Assigned seating is available in the Billy Wilder Theater. Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members enjoy priority seating and seat selection, subject to availability. Membership does not guarantee seating. Arrival at least one half hour prior to program time is recommended. Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.
Public programs are made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Hammer members; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; the Simms/Mann Family Foundation; Bronya and Andrew Galef; Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; and an anonymous donor.