“Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians” Talk & Film Screening

  • Starts: 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
  • Ends: 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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, in essence, is a concert film, but instead of bright lights and big stages, these musicians rap in the fields while picking okra, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown and create a cappella gospel harmonies. With unprecedented access and Harbert’s insistence on letting the music speak for itself, the film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, regret, redemption, and the humanity in us all. 103 minutes, color, HD Trailer: http://vimeo.com/48035769 Co-sponsored by Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology Core Curriculum Program African American Studies Program Department of Music Education
Prof. Ben Harbert, Georgetown University
College of Fine Arts
Room 500
Contact Organization:
Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Contact Name:
Marié Abe

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