Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

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Alive Inside
AISMM poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Alexandra McDougald
Regina Scully
Written by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Music by Itaal Shur
Cinematography Shachar Langlev
Edited by Mark Demolar
Michael Rossato-Bennett
Manuel Tsingaris
Projector Media
Distributed by Projector Media
City Drive Films
Release date
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $250,200[1]

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory is a 2014 American documentary film directed and produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett.[2] The film premiered in competition category of U.S. Documentary Competition program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014.[3][4] It won the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at the festival.[5][6] The film deals with the subject of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and how music therapy can help and ease their suffering.[7] In many chapters of the film Dan Cohen of Music and Memory[8] places music headphones on patients and we see them become very expressive; his pioneering efforts have placed personal music players in nursing homes.


A Kickstarter crowdfunding project to finish the film and develop an app was successfully funded on 31 July 2012.[9]

After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, BOND/360 did a service publicity deal for the theatrical distribution of the film. The film was released on July 18, 2014 in the United States.[10][11] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.


The film received positive response from critics. Rob Nelson in his review for Variety said that "Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music."[12] Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film positive review and said that "A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients."[13] Steve Greene from Indiewire in his review said that ""Alive Inside" provide a sense of idealism amid bleak situations. When discussing the impact of music on an environment so often typified by isolation, one of the patients describes his desire for freedom."[14]


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