Trailer for a music documentary shot at Louisiana State Penitentiary, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, and Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute for Women.


Thursday, March 5, 8pm
Introduction and discussion with director Ben Harbert
Bard College
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Friday, March 6, 12pm
Introduction and discussion with director Ben Harbert
Coxsackie Correctional Facility
11260 County Road 9
Coxsackie, NY 12051

Friday, March 13, 7pm
Discussion led by Jamie Longazel, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
A Prison Film Series Event; A Dead Man Walking Series Event
University of Dayton
ArtStreet Studio B, located on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street
Dayton, OH 45469

Thursday, March 19, 6pm
Introduction by Karel Verhoeven
Part of Parole! writing and art beyond walls, beyond borders
deBuren and Muntpunt
De Wolken (5de verd.)
Munt 6, 1000
Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, June 25
Introduction and discussion with director Ben Harbert
Part of the Oral History Summer School
Time Space Limited
434 Columbia St
Hudson, NY 12534

distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences |

SYNOPSIS: 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. 96 minutes, color, HD

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola LA; Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, St. Gabriel, LA; Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, St. Gabriel, LA; Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Reel Music Film Festival, Portland, OR; University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Resurrection After Exoneration | Charitable Film Network, New Orleans, LA; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; David Wade Correctional Center, Homer, LA; Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz | William James Association; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco | William James Association; University of Rochester, NY; Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Boston University, MA; Ohio University, Athens, OH; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; The Hammer Museum | UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, Chicago, IL; The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC; UnionDocs, New York, NY; Royal Festival Hall, London, England; Southern Screen Film Festival, Lafayette, LA; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; Richmond City Jail, Richmond VA; University of Michigan | Prison Creative Arts Project, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans | DePaul University | University of South Carolina.

Producer and director: Ben Harbert
Video Editor: Christoph Green
Audio Editor: Brendan Canty
Cinematographer: John Slattery
Audio Recordist: Chauncy Godwin

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