Alive Inside (2014)

Alive Inside was released on DVD on November 18, 2014
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Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary¬†follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, 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.

Reviews & Ratings:

8.2 75% User Reviews (2)


US DVD Release Date November 18, 2014
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
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Complete Movie Details

Run time 73 min
Theater Release Date July 18, 2014
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date November 18, 2014
Actors Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie, Yvonne Russell, Oliver Sacks, Bill Thomas, Doug Thompson
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Writer(s) ,
MPAA Not-Rated (Not Rated)
Gross $150,200
Genre(s) Documentary
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2 Visitor Reviews for Alive Inside

  1. Marthea Carey says:

    Please see my Review written and just posted above–Aug. 22, 2014 by Marthea Carey. Thank you!

  2. Marthea Carey says:

    Yesterday, I saw “Alive Inside” and am still digesting and pondering it–rather than my usual critiquing.

    I’m a semi-retired Hospice Chaplain, and coupled with their prognosis, many of my case-load folks suffered from the underlying condition named Dementia.

    My first degree is in Music and for the past 3 years, I have been volunteering musical worship services with the Minneapolis Rakhma Homes(3 independent residential homes started in 1984 for folks with Alzheimer’s/Dementia).I use vocals, piano, acoustical/classical guitar and the French Mussette accordian. These memory-loss folks are now my own extended family, my teachers, my humble humanizing signposts along my way…and along with every kind of music, their responses to a simple smile and a slow hug…far surpasses all Theological treatises and non-health/non-care programs and policies.

    In your film, I totally identified with the intensely passionate, profoundly intelligent and witty lonely mis-understood lady who was handed a terminal diagnosis (can’t recall her name). She…remains a voice, power and spirit to be reckoned with…and we might all follow the original prime movements in her…to this thing called Music. I especially loved that she…afflicted the comfortable so comfortably!

    Lastly, what are the names of the orchestral soundtrack pieces & composers early on in the first 15 minutes of the film? They are hauntingly beautiful, luminously melodic and somehow, Hebraic sounding in lameentation and hope.

    How else can I help with Music and Memory?

    Gratefully, Dr. Marthea Carey, D. Min. Pastoral Counseling—Minneapolis

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