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Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 18 October 2014 (Germany)
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Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, 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.
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Credited cast:
Dan Cohen Dan Cohen ... Himself
Louise Dueno Louise Dueno ... Herself
Nell Hardie Nell Hardie ... Herself
Norman Hardie Norman Hardie ... Himself
Bobby McFerrin ... Himself
Michael Rossato-Bennett ... Himself
Yvonne Russell Yvonne Russell ... Herself
Oliver Sacks ... Himself
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Himself
Doug Thompson Doug Thompson ... Himself
Mary Lou Thompson Mary Lou Thompson ... Herself
Connie Tomiano Connie Tomiano ... Herself
Peter Whitehouse Peter Whitehouse ... Himself
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The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken health-care 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"). Written by -Bond/360

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USA

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English

Release Date:

18 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,200, 20 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,200, 22 August 2014
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Blackbird
Written by John Lennon (uncredited) and Paul McCartney (uncredited)
Performed by The Beatles
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A profound film about using music to confront aging
2 August 2015 | by sldaleySee all my reviews

The discovery that music, when carefully selected for and played to individual dementia patents, can bring them out of their depressed stupor, and/or calm them down when agitated -- is simply profound.

The documentary is very professional and does a fine job of illuminating this new and major movement throughout the "rest homes" of the world -- one which even eliminates the need for a rest home in some cases.

If you were afraid to see yet another "depressing account" of the state of our elderly -- don't be! This is anything but depressing (for the most part) as it demonstrates what is possibly the greatest (and mostly hidden) wealth within each of our minds: music.

Seems that a sense of and remembrance of music is one of the last things to go in our brains when we age. Not only is the music shown to be enjoyable by elderly, but, as shown succinctly in this film, the right music can unlock many other memories, leading to an obvious joy of heart.

Watch it and be truly amazed, even crying with joy.


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