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

Directed by: Harold Crooks & Judd Tully | 2022 | 1h 41m | Unrated

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O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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Art Films presents the best of films by and about artists paired with brunch and followed by a post-film discussion.

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Co-Presented by O Cinema and Oolite Arts, this screening of THE MELT GOES ON FOREVER: THE ART & TIMES OF DAVID HAMMONS will be followed by a post-film discussion with Co-Directors Judd Tully and Harold Crooks and moderated by Adeze Wilford, Curator at MOCA North Miami.


THE MELT GOES ON FOREVER chronicles the singular career of the elusive African-American art star David Hammons from Watts rebellion era ’60s L.A. to global art world prominence today. Hammons’ category-defying practice — rooted in a deep critique of American society and the elite art world — is in the words of one art critic “an invitation to confront the fissures between races” as the artist seeks to go beyond the dominant culture and his own to a new one for the 21st century. Featuring eminent artists, curators and critics, a rich trove of archival footage, animation, and an evocative soundscape, The Melt is a record of the work of an artist who constantly defies the establishment and remains subversive at every turn.


• 11:00am: Brunch + Mimosas @ O Cinema
• 12:00-1:40pm: Film Screening
• 1:45pm: Co-Directors Judd Tully & Harold Crooks will participate in a post-film Q&A moderated by Adeze Wilford




Judd Tully – Producer / Director

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.


Harold Crooks – Writer / Director

Harold Crooks is the director/writer of The Price We Pay, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its European premier 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 Surviving Progress with Mathieu Roy which premiered at 2011 TIFF, CPH:DOX and IDFA. His film writing credits include The Gig Is Up, a Hot Docs, CPH:DOX and IDFA selection in 2021; and the Sundance and TIFF audience winner The Corporation (2003), the narration for which he co-wrote with director Mark Achbar.

Crooks is a recipient of a Prix Gémeaux and a Genie Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Genie Award, a Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo, a Leo Award for Best Screenwriter [Documentary] 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.


Adeze Wilford – Curator at MOCA North Miami

Originally from Harlem, Wilford moved to Westchester County at a young age where she developed a deep interest in the arts thanks to her parents’ memberships at local museums. While majoring in art history and African-American studies at Northwestern University, she became the director of the university’s student-run gallery and worked as an exhibitions assistant at the campus museum before returning to New York City, where she spent a year working at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She moved on to working for the Museum of Modern Art’s film collection before arriving at the Shed while it was still under construction. During her time there, Wilford curated the New York Times-acclaimed exhibition “Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water.” She currently serves as the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami.