‘Alive Inside’ highlights links between music, memory

HAMLET — Special presentation of Alive Inside will be screened from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 5 in the Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College.

The screening is open to the general public, caregivers, long term care staff, mental health professions, volunteers, social workers and students. There is no cost to attend.

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 6.04.03 PM 1A panel discussion will be held immediately following the documentary. Speakers will consist of a facility currently utilizing Music and Memory and also a faith-based organization’s approach to incorporating music ministry. Finally, a local mental health professional will share information on the use of music as a positive alternative to antipsychotic medication to address behaviors and moods.

This event is sponsored by the Lumber River Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging and Richmond Community College. To learn more call 866-582-4251.

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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