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


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.
HAMMER PLUS Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

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.