Our Music & Connection Program connected to Alive Inside Documentary – January 2015

Music & Connection

 January 16th 2015

Director Michael Rossato-Bennett, made a visit to our facility to film our progress with the Music and Connection program. With the help of The Healdsburg School 7th graders, we have managed to implement some of the elements of Dan Cohen’s revolutionary idea. To learn more about our involvement with Music & Memory, click the following links to read about us in the Press Democrat and other news sources.

Music shared by Healdsburg teens triggers memories for dementia patients.

It’s in the Music: Students Help Revive Memories for Dementia Patients.

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Alive Inside Screening

Thursday, January 15th at 7:30 pm

Alive Inside Film Screening

 Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Connection, 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.