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 byItaal Shur
CinematographyShachar Langlev
Edited by Mark Demolar
Michael Rossato-Bennett
Manuel Tsingaris
Projector Media
Distributed byProjector Media
City Drive Films
Release date
  • January 18, 2014 (2014-01-18) (Sundance)
  • July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
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]


  1. ^ Alive Inside BoxOfficeMojo
  2. ^ "How I Shot That: Alzheimer's Patients in Sundance Documentary 'Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory'". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Sundance Day Two: "Locke", "Alive Inside", "Memphis", "The Double"". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Sundance 2014: U.S. Documentary Competition". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Sundance: 'Whiplash' & 'Rich Hill' Win Grand Jury Awards; Dramatic Directing Goes To Cutter Hodierne For 'Fishing Without Nets'". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. ^ "'Whiplash' Owns the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards Netting Two Top Prizes". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Sundance 2014: Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory - Documentary shows how music helps elderly remember". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Music and Memory". Music and Memory. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  9. ^ "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory". Kickstarter. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Sundance Audience Award-winner 'Alive Inside' Acquired by BOND/360". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  11. ^ "RADiUS-TWC boards Creep". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Sundance Film Review: 'Alive Inside'". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory: Sundance Review". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Sundance Review: 'Alive Inside' Presents a Scattered But Moving Look at the Therapeutic Power of Music". Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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