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Documentary – ALIVE INSIDE – Encore Showing

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 2:17:20 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 a second time.

The film will be shown at the Warren Theatre (East) 11611 E. 13th, Wichita, Kansas, as an encore showing November 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM. This showing will be open to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through the Warren Theatre Box Office.

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 was initially shown November 17, 2014 as part of the 3rd Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia to participants of the conference, as well as local and state officials. “After seeing Alive Inside, it is undeniable the importance music has in our lives. Then when you see the impact Dan Cohen’s Music and Memory program has on someone with Alzheimer’s, you can’t help but want every person suffering from this disease to have access to this kind of compassionate care,” stated Doug Stark, President of ComfortCare Homes®.

Currently the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Chapter, operates the Roth Project – Music and Memory. The program was named after the family that brought the idea back from New York. Dave Roth, a Kansas native and professional musician in New York, was inspired by Cohen’s work. Roth brought an iPod home loaded with his mother’s favorite music to see what would happen. Her response was inspiring and emotional. The result was recorded in Wichita and shared in YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mz9Vy_LNu8) “My family and I heard words spoken that haven’t been spoken in years and felt connected to her in a very meaningful way,” David Roth.

Film Summary: 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.

For more information about 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.



“The family gratefully acknowledges and thanks ComfortCare Homes in Wichita for the excellent care they gave Margaret the past two years.  They treated all of us with such love and respect.  Alzheimer’s Disease truly is the ‘long goodbye.’ “

- Barber Family, in the Wichita Eagle.



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