Dan Cohen fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss.

Named a Top 15 film of 2016 by The American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s documentary celebrating the salutary impact of music on dementia patients centers on social worker Dan Cohen, who provides iPods to nursing home residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of mental debilitation. 

“***RECOMMENDED…provides a welcome glimpse of an alternative/additional treatment for the ever-growing number of older Americans suffering from dementia” – Video Librarian

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power 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 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 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”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

“Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it.” -Rheana Murray, New York Daily News

“In a world drowning in bad news about dementia…’Alive Inside’ is positively tonic.” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

From an April 30, 2018 article published in UPI — “Music helps alleviate anxiety in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say, because a region of the brain involved with remembering melody appears to have been spared from dementia — and could be used to help treat and comfort people with the condition. Researchers at the University of Utah Health determined that meaningful music helps calm those with Alzheimer’s, and can lead to a new way to approach anxiety, depression and agitation in dementia patients — as well as possibly slow their decline. Their research has been submitted for publication in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

78 minutes on 1 disc + Director’s Commentary and more.


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