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See The Film!

  • In Theaters
  • Film Festivals

In Theaters

  • JUNE 12th - 1 PM
  • Sponsoring organization:
    The City of San Francisco Department of Adult Services
    Screening Location
    San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
  • JULY 31st- AUGUST 6
  • Sponsoring organization
    ALIVE INSIDE at Picturehouse Cinemas
    Screening Location
    Picture House Cinema, London, England (www.picturehouses.com)
  • AUGUST 4th - **ONE NIGHT ONLY**!
  • Sponsoring organization
    ALIVE INSIDE at **20** Picturehouse Cinemas in England
    Screening Location
    Bath, The Little Theatre Cinema
    Bradford, Picturehouse at National Media Musuem
    Brighton, Komedia
    Brixton, Ritzy
    Cameo, Edinburgh
    Clapham Picturehouse
    East Dulwich Picturehouse
    Exeter Picturehouse
    Greenwich Picturehouse
    Hackney Picturehouse
    Regal Henley
    Norwich, Cinema City
    Oxford, Phoenix
    Southampton, Harbour Lights
    Stratford East Picturehouse
    Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse
    York, City Screen
  • AUGUST 5th
  • Sponsoring organization
    Wednesday on Main Program, Under the Aegis of the town of Bucksport, Maine - Alamo Theatre, C/O NORTHEAST HISTORIC FILM FESTIVAL
    Screening Location
    The Alamo Theatre 85 Main Street Bucksport, ME 04416 - 5:30PM
  • AUGUST 20th
  • Sponsoring organization
    The Peace Center & Natural Awakenings Upstate Presents: ALIVE INSIDE
    Screening Location
    The Peace Center |300 S. Main Street | Greenville, SC | www.PeaceCenter.org
  • AUGUST 26th
  • Sponsoring organization
    Grammy Foundation Special Member Screening
    Screening Location
    Nashville, Tennesee
  • COMING SOON
  • Sponsoring organization
    Grammy Foundation Special Member Screening
    Screening Location
    San Francisco, California
  • OCTOBER ?th
  • Sponsoring organization
    Special Congressional Screening
    Screening Location
    NEA Theatre, Washington D.C.

Film Festivals

  • MAY 12th
  • ALIVE INSIDE at The Mendocino Film Festival
    Screening Location
    Friday, May 29, at 12:30 pm at Crown Hall in Mendocino
  • JUNE 10th - 14th
  • ALIVE INSIDE at The Norwegian Short Film Festival
    Screening Location
    The Norwegian Short Film Festival is the oldest and most important short and documentary film festival in Norway. The festival takes place in Grimstad, a little seaside town in the south of Norway.
  • AUGUST 3-8
  • ALIVE INSIDE at The Love Film Festival
    Screening Location
    Tartu, Estonia
  • OCTOBER 1-6
  • ALIVE INSIDE at The Pariscience Film Festival
    Screening Location
    Paris, France
  • OCTOBER
  • ALIVE INSIDE at The Torva Dokfest Film Festival
    Screening Location
    Torva, Estonia
  • COMING SOON!
  • ALIVE INSIDE at International Music Documentary Film Festival
    Screening Location
    Sao Paolo, Brazil


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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. 

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Michael Rossato-Bennett

Writer/Director/Producer

Michael Rossato-Bennett is the Writer, Director and Producer of ALIVE INSIDE – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary – and through film he strives to incite conversations that interrogate issues related to cultural consciousness. In addition to ALIVE INSIDE, his first feature length offering, Rossato-Bennett has several documentaries in various stages of development, through his production company, Projector Media. Each of those projects is inspired by Michael’s dedication to the collective well being of society and progressive human change towards the greater, if not greatest, good.


Alexandra McDougald

Producer (Distribution & Fundraising)

Alexandra McDougald is a ten-year entertainment industry veteran, and the Distribution phase producer of ALIVE INSIDE, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary. Prior to ALIVE INSIDE, Alex concentrated her efforts in publicity and distribution, serving as the lead on campaigns for Image Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment, among others. Most recently, she managed U.S. distribution for Teza – the latest dramatic feature from celebrated Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima – and led publicity for the home entertainment release of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer.

Shachar Langlev

Director of Photography

ALIVE INSIDE is Shachar Langlev’s feature film debut as Director of Photography. Israeli-born and Brooklyn-based, he’s been gaining recognition in his field, garnering awards such as the Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography. Shachar works extensively with musicians in the hip-hop community and New York’s jazz scene and has shot music videos and live shows for MTV, VH1 and BET. He is currently in pre-production for his first narrative feature as well as for a documentary feature in collaboration with Elie Wiesel.

Manuel Tsingaris

Editor

An editor for twenty years, some of Manuel Tsingaris’ recent projects include: The Storm that Swept Mexico, a documentary that aired on PBS in 2011, telling the story of the 1910 Mexican revolution and A Dream In Doubt, which follows a Sikh man's journey to find peace and justice after his brother is killed shortly after 9/11. Manuel was also a contributing editor on the critically acclaimed mini documentary series, “Life 360” – a co-venture between ABC/Nightline and PBS.

Barry Cole

Music Supervisor

Barry Cole, Music Supervisor, started the Music Department for New York based film studio, The Shooting Gallery. Since that time, Cole has given music supervision to over 80 media projects. In 2013, he earned a Grammy nomination for producing the soundtrack album to the feature documentary Marley. As a Transmedia Producer for film and television, Cole employs new and emerging technologies to increase audience engagement and overall user experience.

Dan Cogan

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Dan Cogan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Partners, a fund and advisory service for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film. Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including: The Cove, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; The Garden, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2009; Hell and Back Again, which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2012; and How To Survive A Plague, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2013. Cogan co-founded Gamechanger Films, which launched in September 2013. Gamechanger Films is the first for-profit film fund dedicated exclusively to financing narrative features directed by women.

Eric J. Bertrand, Limore Shur, & Ben Spivak

Executive Producers

Founded by Chief Creative Officer Limore Shur, the brother of Alive Inside filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, eyeball is a creative strategic design agency that shapes brands through powerful storytelling, stunning design, and insightful problem solving. By embracing client collaboration, its award-winning collective of thinkers, writers, artists and musicians efficiently translate brand ethos into engaging narratives and meaningful consumer dialogue, consistently generating quantifiable and powerful results. With twenty years of broadcast and ad agency experience, eyeball executes across a media spectrum that includes film, live action, design, animation, audio and experiential production.

Regina K. Scully

Producer, Executive Producer

Regina K. Scully is an Academy Award-nominated executive producer, most recently for the 2013 powerful documentary called the Invisible War, a film about the epidemic rapes of women and men in the military. The Invisible War won the 2012 Sundance Audience Award. Scully also executive produced Miss Representation, a compelling documentary exposing the gender bias that still exists in our country based on the limited portrayals of women and young girls in our Media, Politics and Entertainment. Scully is also involved in the films, Fed Up, a compelling documentary that deals with the growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes in America; ALIVE INSIDE, a recent Audience Award winner at 2014 Sundance film festival; and Anita: Truth to Power, about the 20 year anniversary of the Anita Hill hearings. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation and is the Founding Sponsor of the Athena Film Festival in NYC.

Mark Demolar

EDITOR

Mark Demolar is an editor and filmmaker, based in Brooklyn, New York. For the last five years, in addition to working in film, he has toured the country with his band Woodsman. A lover of art, he is known for his work in music video and video installation. ALIVE INSIDE marks Demolar’s first endeavor as a feature editor. His experience on this project sparked what is now a deep desire to discover new perspectives through the art of documentary narrative.

Itaal Shur

COMPOSER

Itaal Shur is best known for co-writing the Santana hit “Smooth” with Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas. “Smooth” earned Shur a Grammy Award® for Song of the Year in 2000. Itaal was also a founding member of the group Groove Collective. He co-wrote the song “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” with Maxwell for his debut album, “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.”

In addition to writing and recording, Shur has created an artist-development and production company. He also produces music for broadcast and computer animation. Shur is brother to Alive Inside filmmaker Michael-Rossato-Bennett.

Geralyn Dreyfous

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She is the founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. In 2013, Geralyn co-founded Gamechanger Films, a film fund dedicated to women directors.

Her independent producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; Academy Award nominated The Square, Academy Award nominated The Invisible War and multiple film festival winners. Geralyn was honored with the IDA’s 2013 Amicus Award for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking.

Daniel E. Catullo III

Executive Producer

Daniel E. Catullo III is an award-winning producer and director who has produced over 200 music videos and 150 live TV specials in his 20-year career. He has won or been nominated for more than 100 International Awards including Grammy, Telly, Emmy, Billboard Music, Juno and Golden Eagle Cine Awards. In addition to live TV, Catullo was an Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary The Square. The film, chronicling the uprising the toppled Mubarak regime in Egypt, went on to win numerous awards at film festivals from Sundance and Toronto to Dubai and Carmel. It also was awarded the 2013 IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature. He is Founder & CEO of The City Drive Entertainment Group the parent company of City Drive Films and DC3 Music Group and resides in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Madelyn and his two children Isabella and Dylan.


Dan Cohen

PRINCIPLE SUBJECT/FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MUSIC & MEMORY

Dan Cohen is founder and executive director of Music & Memory, which promotes the use of digital music players with individualized playlists to improve the quality of life for elders, regardless of their cognitive or physical status. He received his MSW from Adelphi University. Dan has spent most of his career helping individuals and organizations better leverage technology. Music & Memory operates in hundreds of long-term care homes across the U.S. and abroad.

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Stirring. A magical, non-medical story of healing.

– Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

Gloriously inspirational.

– Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

The Bottom Line - A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.

– Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

The results are astounding.

– Steve Greene, Indiewire

An affecting look at a growing therapeutic cause.

– Steve Greene, Indiewire

A wonder to experience

– Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com

It's as transformative as the music itself.

– Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com

Moving and groundbreaking. The film far exceeded what I'd imagined.

– Debbie Cerda, Slackerwood

A ‘must-see’ and a ‘must-share’

– Debbie Cerda, Slackerwood

Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it.

– Rheana Murray, New York Daily News

Alive Inside is a pitch-perfect documentary that brilliantly explores the transformational effects of music on elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

– Adam Leipzig, Cultural Weekly

Music has an unmatched power to bring back our pasts.

– Kim Painter, USA Today

Alive Inside' illustrates music's joyous power for dementia patients.

– Susan King, The Los Angeles Times

In a world drowning in bad news about dementia…'Alive Inside' is positively tonic.

– Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

Rossato-Bennett hopes Alive Inside encourages more of the country's 16,000 nursing homes to embrace headphones and personalized music as an alternative to pharmaceutical treatments.

– Hugh Hart, Fast Company

Many of the subjects show deep emotional resonance to the music.

– Eric Kelsey, Reuters

Dan Cohen is the gifted and passionately committed man who transforms the lives of people with dementia and other severely debilitating diseases.

– Nell Minow, Beliefnet

The transformation in emotion, awareness and memory shown in these elderly patients may leave viewers incredulous...

– Annie Sneed, Scientific American

In segment after segment, people with Alzheimer's and other conditions don the headphones, hear the music of their youths and light up.

– Kim Painter, USA Today

Absolutely joyous.

– Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Moving and even haunting at times...

– Mary Jacobs, Dallas Morning News

It isn't news that musical therapy can produce striking results, but rarely have those good effects been as movingly illustrated as in 'Alive Inside.'

– Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

You’d have to have a heart of stone and bricks for ears not to be moved by the sight of Henry when the music hits him.

– Geoff Pevere, The Globe and Mail

Alive Inside packs as potent a simple emotional wallop as anything you’ll see – or hear – anywhere this year.

– Geoff Pevere, The Globe and Mail

One of the most important documentaries of the year.

– Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist

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Contact Alive Inside: info@aliveinside.us
Contact Projector Media and Director Michael Rossato-Bennett : mike@aliveInside.us

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“An estimated 5.2 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease…” This number doesn’t even begin to include the many family members & friends affected by this disease. These are their stories, click on the photo to keep reading.

Special Thanks


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This is our Thank You page! Without our funders and friends “Alive Inside” would never have been made! Together we won Sundance, Milan, Provincetown, Washington West, Berkshires, Sonoma and changed many lives and helped Music and Memory become a real force for change!

Thanks from the CREW!

Thanks from the TEAM!

Thanks for helping us win at SUNDANCE!

Special thanks to the Alive Inside angels- our Executive Producers!

  • The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
  • Geralyn Dreyfous
  • Abigail Van Buren
  • Daniel E. Cattulo lll
  • Ben Spivak
  • Eric J. Bertrand
  • Limore Shur
  • Patricia Clair Piland
  • Dan Cogan

Benefactors

  • Terri Bullock
  • Perlita Sultan
  • Robert Brandieis Bennett
  • Jon Webster
  • Rachel Weingiest
  • Norman Hardie
  • Bill Soward
  • Richard Casavechia
  • The Wilson Family
  • Doug Thompson
  • Alzheimer Society of Toronto
  • The Derek Freese Documentary Fund
  • Steve Baronoff
  • Patrick Ramsey
  • Jack McDonald
  • Sarah Castillio
  • Michael McIvor
  • Kathryn Stebner

Supporters

  • Neil Stuber
  • Rachel Francine Tubman
  • Kendra Arnold
  • George Maryniuk
  • Laura K McKenna
  • Bruce Levy
  • daybreak Inc.
  • Anna Saxon
  • iV
  • Ram and Einat Burshtine
  • Eric J. Bertrand
  • Patrick Ramsey

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Alive Inside

Empathy, the sharing of the pain and the joy of another human being is the core power of Documentary Film-making.

Alive Inside has been able to touch many hearts and in the process, change the world for some elders. This is not enough, the questions the film raises still remain- How were so many of our elders forgotten and can we return their connection to life?

To answer these questions and inspire action we have created The Alive Inside Outreach Campaign. Music has much to teach. We are creating Educational Materials and a series of short films dedicated to inspiring a generation of young people who love music and computers to bring elders their forgotten music. We are bringing this giving challenge to Schools, Universities, and places of worship.

We are looking for partners in many areas. If you have the ability to contribute financially to our efforts you will be thanked in the credits and in the hearts of many! 100% of Donations will go to these efforts. If you have talents and desire and want to partner with us in some other way, please drop us a note!

Here is the Tax-Deductible link:

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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.

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