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The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

  Judd Tully & Harold Crooks

  United States, Canada     101 minutes


This striking portrait chronicles the career of the elusive African American artist and provocateur David Hammons. Born in Springfield, Ill., Hammons emerged as a powerful aesthetic force out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion in 1965 and grew to become a globally recognized, category-defying figure whose radical work—featuring, among other things, brown paper bags, fried chicken wings, and snowballs—was rooted in a deep critique of American society and the art world elite. As Manthia Diawara once wrote in Artforum, “Like the work of his heroes Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, Hammons’ art is decidedly anti-art.” Featuring eminent artists and curators, a trove of archival footage and animated sequences, and an evocative soundscape, The Melt Goes on Forever paints a rich and illuminating picture of one of the most singular artists of our time.


Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.


Film Credits

  •   Judd Tully, Andrew Mer
  •   Harold Crooks
  •   Louis-Martin Paradis
  •   John Russell Foster, Christina Wairegi
  •   Ramachandra Borcar
  •   Rosie Filmwaze, LLC
  •   https://themeltfilm.com/


Film Patron

Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson

Documentary Sponsor

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Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

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