Music and Film Festival: ALIVE INSIDE + Bonus Short MARVIN AND SARALEE

| 2014 | 74 minutes | |
Michael Rossato-Bennett

Sunday June 29, 2014

SPECIAL EVENT

$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Michael Rossato-Bennett
Michael Rossato-Bennett, George Strayton

Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie

Please join us following the feature film ALIVE INSIDE for a short panel discussion with Leslie Clapp, Executive Director of MV Center For Living and Marvin Rosenkrantz, film subject about the MV Center For Living’s music and memory program.

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Within a moment of hearing “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, Alzheimer’s patient Marylou jolts back to life, dancing around the living room and expressing a euphoria her husband hasn’t witnessed since her illness took effect. Countless instances in Alive Inside provide proof that music stimulates activity in dementia-affected parts of the brain and transforms the quality of life of those often left to languish in silence.

Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken health-care system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Prior to the film we will be screening a short film titled MARVIN AND SARALEE directed by Rebecca Sesny. Its the story of a couple living on marthas vineyard, dealing with alzheimer’s disease.  Its an emotional journey of a family that finds help in the Supportive Day Program run by the marthas vineyard Center For Living. Marvin turns to the staff to aid in his care for gis wife and relies on them for moral support as well.  The day program is run four days a week providing meals, games, activities and fun for its participants. 

Please join us following the feature film ALIVE INSIDE for a short panel discussion with Leslie Clapp, Executive Director of MV Center For Living and Marvin Rosenkrantz, film subject about the MV Center For Living’s music and memory program.

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We are proud to announce a live piano performance from the amazing Jeremy Berlin before ALIVE INSIDE at the Film Center.

Jeremy Berlin, is a member of Jonny Hoy and the Bluefish and has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton, and Carly Simon — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. Jeremy’s connection with the Island started before he was born and he’s been there on and off ever since.

 

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"Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music." -Rob Nelson

The Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

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