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Documentary – ALIVE INSIDE – Coming to Wichita

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 2:18:06 PM





Wichita, KS – The Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Chapter has secured the rights to bring the documentary film Alive Inside, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival – Documentary Audience Award, to Wichita. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music and 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. “Seeing this film will inspire you to look at the person behind the disease, and in doing so know you have a way to reach that person,” commented Linsey Norton, LMSW, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Chapter.

The film will be shown at the Warren Theatre – Old Town, Wichita, Kansas, as part of the 3rd Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia. Participants of the conference can register to see the entire film on Monday, November 17, 2014 sponsored by ComfortCare Homes® and Warren Theaters. Participants of the conference will then hear Ann Wyatt of Music and Memory, New York, speak as the final keynote for the all-day conference on November 18, 2014. Wyatt will share how the Music and Memory program founded by Cohen has changed lives across the country.

“This empowering film is changing how a we reconnect with those we love who have dementia, while improving the quality of their life,” said Robert Miller, LMSW, Vice President of Company Development, ComfortCare Homes®. 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 shorts.

Local and state officials have been invited to see the film in Wichita in an effort to build support for a State initiative expanding the efforts of the Music and Memory model throughout the state of Kansas. Currently The Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Chapter, operates the Roth Project – Music and Memory, a local program named after the family that brought the idea from New York to Wichita. “Anyone with a diagnosis of dementia should have access to a program like Music and Memory because it can make a significant difference in the life of the person and their family,” stated Doug Stark, President of ComfortCare Homes®. States like Wisconsin and Utah have already made great strides to dedicate funds and resources to programs that give individuals and families access to Music and Memory programs.   (Additional details attached)

A press conference is scheduled prior to the movie showing, Nov 17, at the Warren Theatre, Old Town, at 1:00 pm. This is an opportunity to interview key people involved in bringing the film to Wichita, as well as Ann Wyatt of the Music and Memory program of New York. Phone interviews with Dan Cohen, Founder of Music and Memory, New York, can be scheduled. Contact Linsey Norton at Alzheimer’s Association for details.

An encore showing of Alive Inside is planned for November 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM, at the Warren Theater (East), 11611 E. 13th, Wichita, Kansas. This showing will be open to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through the Warren Theatre Box Office.


For more information about The 3rd Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia, showings of Alive Inside, or how to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas – Roth Project, Music and Memory program, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333 / linsey.norton@alz.org. Registration for the conference can also be found on-line at http://www.alz.org/centralandwesternkansas.



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