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”). Director Rossato-Bennett joins us to talk about these inspirational and emotional stories revealed in the Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
In Person Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and social worker Dan Cohen (who is featured in the film) will appear at Nuart Theatre on Friday, August 1 for Q&As after the 5:20pm and 7:30pm shows and Saturday, August 2 for Q&As after the 3:10pm, 5:20pm and 7:30pm shows.
The director returns on Sunday, August 3 for Q&As after the 3:10pm and 5:20pm shows. Rossato-Bennett has written an exclusive letter to Landmark Film Club members about the transformative power of music. Also read Susan King’s Los Angeles Times article.
“The results are astounding.” – Steve Greene, Indiewire
“A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it.” – New York Daily News