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

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

Harold Crooks, Judd Tully

Canada, United States | 2021 | 1 h 41 min
English |
Subtitles: English
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From the Watts Rebellion in the 1960s in Los Angeles to the pinnacles of the art world, this film traces the unique career of the elusive star of conceptual art, David Hammons. Rooted in a critique of American society and the art world elite, Hammons’ disruptive practice defies categories and confronts racial tensions while also being utopian, as the artist seeks to surpass both the dominant culture and his own to create something new. The Melt Goes On Forever paints a comprehensive picture of one of the most significant living African-American artists.
Director Judd Tully, Harold Crooks
Author Harold Crooks
Archive Videos Nancy Marcotte
Executive Production Lisa Cortés
Editing Louis-Martin Paradis
Sound Recording Peter Chin, Judy Karp, Desiree Ortiz
Sound mixing Luc Raymond, Cory Rizos
Cinematography John Russell Foster, Christina Wairegi
Music Ramachandra Borcar
Animation Tynesha Foreman

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Harold Crooks

Harold Crooks

Harold Crooks is the director/​writer of The Price We Pay, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered in Europe at CPH:-DOX. Named Best Canadian Documentary of 2014 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, it was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
He co-directed the Cinémaginaire, and produced Surviving Progress with Mathieu Roy which premiered in 2011 at TIFF, CPH:DOX, IDFA and screened theatrically in over 30 North American cities. His film writing credits include The Gig Is Up (2021) ; Karsh Is History (2009), winner of Best Canadian Film award at the 27th FIFA, whose narration he co-wrote with director Mark Achbar. Crooks is a recipient of a Prix Gémeaux and a Genie Award of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, a Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo, a Leo Award for Best Screenwriter of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of B.C., a National Documentary Film Award (Best Writing) at Hot Docs 1996, and a Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Awards finalist.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Judd Tully

Judd Tully

Judd Tully was born in Chicago and educated at American University, Washington, DC. His career in journalism began as a cub reporter with the 70s underground paper The Berkeley Barb, where he covered the politically charged trials of the Soledad Brothers, George Jackson, and Angela Davis in San Francisco and Marin County. For over two decades, he was Editor-at-Large of Art & Auction magazine. His journalism and art criticism has appeared in Flash Art, ARTnews, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Art Newspaper, as well as his blog juddtully​.net. Judd has been frequently interviewed on BBC Radio, CNN, MSNBC, as well as made cameo appearances in a number of documentary films that chronicle the rise and fall of the art market and scandals associated with it including the CNBC‘s American Greed: The Art of the Steal and Driven to Abstraction, the expose of the $80 million art forgery at the once-venerated Knoedler Gallery.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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