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  • Nov 3-5

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