February 22nd, 2013
The Department of Music
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
The Edie and and Lew Wasserman Fund
Follow Me Down:
Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians
Film Screening and Q&A with producer and director, Benjamin Harbert of Georgetown University
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wasserman Cinematheque,
Located in the Sachar International Building
Follow Me Down is a feature-length documentary about music in prison. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, Georgetown ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians—some serving life sentences, some new commits and one soon to be released. The result plays like a concert film, but instead of bright lights and big stages, these musicians rap in okra fields, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown and create gospel harmonies on the yard. This film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality and humanity.
See the trailer.