PFS About Town – Red Carpet Premiere of Alive Inside

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Alive Inside

On Tuesday night, as raining splattered on the glass roof of the Kimmel Center, the Perelman Theater welcomed guests for the red carpet premiere of  PFF Spring Showcase alum Alive Inside.  Directed by Michael Rossato-BennettAlive Inside is an inspirational documentary on the transformative power of music.

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.

Crowds came out for the premiere, which was sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Derek Freese Documentary Fund & Alzheimer’s Association.  Guests included Alive Inside director Michael Rossato-Bennett, GPFO Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson, CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl, the Freese Family, and members of the Alzheimer’s Association.

To learn more about Alive Inside, visit


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