Alive Inside

Winner of Awards at 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 Boston Film Festival, 2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival and the 2014 Milano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards)

Alive Inside (directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett – 2014) is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken the souls of people suffering from dementia and other forms of serious memory loss. The film chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music they have loved – revealing how the healing power of music can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to bring music into long-term care facilities. The film-maker also visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy).

Running time: 78 minutes

10:00 am on Fri., Nov. 6th at the Friday Harbor House
8:00 pm on Sat., Nov 7th at the Grange