In “Alive Inside,” filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.
The documentary follows numerous members of the healthcare community including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones and offers interviews with experts including neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (“Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain”), Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel, and Grammy Award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).
“Alive Inside” won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.
A panel discussion will be held after the screening. The panel will be lead by LuAnn Lundquist from Memory Matters of Utah, Aneeka Stein with the Alzheimer’s Association, and the teachers of “Dementia Dialogues,” Sheri Reber and Tracy Heavyrunner from the Five County Association of Governments.