Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett's Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory is one of the most honored documentaries of the year. It is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
The film chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.
Rossato-Bennett's camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. 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 Documentary Audience Award.
Alive Inside follows 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 illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) and musician Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"), among others.
* 78-minute feature length documentary film
* Director's commentary
* Interview with Michael Rossato-Bennett
* Footage from the 2014 Sundance International Film Festival
* Soundtrack of the music in the film with visuals