Award Winning Documentary, Alive Inside, Comes Ernest McBride High School

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ALIVE INSIDE, an award-winning documentary about the power of music to help those living with dementia, is coming to Ernest McBride’s High School state of the art auditorium with a surprising new audience in mind – kids.  The screening serves as a benefit to bring the “Adopt an Elder / Build a Bridge intergenerational program to Long Beach and will include a Q&A session with filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett.

The ALIVE INSIDE screening event takes place at the Ernest McBride High School located at 7025 E. Parkcrest, Long Beach, CA 90808 on Friday, November 13 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $15 online at There will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker.

The film 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 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) and musician Bobby McFerrin.  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.”

The film has fostered an explosion of Music & Memory facilities across the country, now over 2000.  From an outpouring of interest, Rossatto-Bennett created the Alive Inside Foundation to further expand the vision of bringing music to elders by including and empowering youth to become music detectives to find the songs that spark memories while also learning about aging and cultivating empathy.  Both the giver and receiver benefit from this compassionate exchange.

Inspired by the film, a science teacher at The Healdsburg School, Carrie Smith, teamed up with Healdsburg Senior Living to create a pioneering program that involved her 7th graders making personalized playlist for residents.  They watched the film, learned about the brain, did a dementia simulation, and were paired with a senior whom they visited every month to find those special songs that trigger memories, stories and connection.  The results have been fascinating, with students and residents both benefitting from their time together and the music shared.  The Alive Inside Foundation is bringing this exciting program to cities across the country, starting with Long Beach. They want nothing less than to create a movement that connects the generations through music, cultivates empathy in kids and spark aliveness in seniors.  It’s a win-win for all those involved.

The Alive Inside Foundation has its sights set on not only using music to bridge generations but also addressing aging stereotypes before they even start. By getting into middle and high schools, The Adopt an Elder/Build a Bridge program allows students to forge relationships with seniors over the school year and demystifies senior care communities.  It features curriculum about aging, experiential activities to explore the students’ own musical memories and demonstrates how music can transcend age, health and words.  Students who participate in the program will connect with seniors and music, and will leave educated and empowered to make an impact on the future of senior care.

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