Thursday July 16th: Alive Inside – Music and Memory

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 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”).

Preview the film:

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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.

Bringing the Community Together One Film at a Time & As Always, FREE!  

At the Ossining Library’s Magnificent Budarz Theatre.  Screening Starts at 6:30; Seating Begins 6:15 

Following the Film, Join Us for Conversation!  We’ve got Terrific Panelists as Participants:

chris   Chris Chalfant is a composer, performer and educator. She worked as an assistant teacher in   Eurhythmics for Special Needs and studied Music Therapy with Clive-Robbins of the Nordoff-Robbins Institute. Chris led Sonic-Meditation retreats through the Brooklyn Buddhist Association and has taught music to a number of students with cognitive, behavioral and physical disabilities. Chris is founder of Resonance of Life Arts.

July Patricia NickersonPatricia Nickerson, is the Director of Social Services at Bethel Homes and Services. Pat has worked in the field of long-term care as a Director of Social Work for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has worked to develop services to better meet the needs of residents, especially those with dementia and related disorders. Ms. Nickerson holds a graduate degree from Fordham University School of Social Work. She is active in several professional organizations and was honored by the Health Care Social Worker’s Association for Outstanding Social Work Practice in Health Care. She has participated in many conferences including the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference in Trondheim, Norway sharing the innovative work she and her colleagues accomplished while caring for people with dementia.

July Carolyn RogersCarolyn Rogers, RN and spouse of Alzheimer patient, Harry. The Rogers have lived in Greenburgh since 1982. They have two children and four grandchildren. Ms. Rogers graduated from Fordham Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 as a Registered Nurse. During her extensive career she worked in area hospitals and 29 years with Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester.  It was a position she truly loved.   Mr. Rogers worked for the IRS for 31 years. Mrs. Rogers said he was a very kind IRS officer and tried to help people when he could and was a very kind person in all that he did. Music was an important component in the Rogers’ lives. “Harry and I were great music lovers! We love vintage jazz, classical jazz and opera. We had season tickets to City Opera and we would also go to Carnegie Hall to hear Concert Operas,” said Mrs. Rogers. We loved all Opera, except Wagner!”

July Douglas Sankar   Douglas Sankar, MD. Neurologist, Phelps. Dr Sankar is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neurophysiology, all at New York University Medical Center. He is a clinical assistant professor at New York Medical College. Prior to joining Phelps Medical Associates, the primary and specialty care medical group of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Dr. Sankar was in private practice in Cortlandt Manor. His practice is located on the Phelps campus in Sleepy Hollow.

WE THANK OUR EVENT SPONSORS THIS MONTH:  Bethel Nursing Homes & Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.

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