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  • bike friendly
  • bug spray available
  • community event
  • food vendors on-site
  • live music
  • no glass
  • no heels
  • picnics allowed

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Within a moment of hearing “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, Alzheimer’s patient Marylou jolts back to life, dancing around the living room and expressing a euphoria her husband hasn’t witnessed since her illness took effect. Countless instances in Alive Inside provide proof that music stimulates activity in dementia-affected parts of the brain and transforms the quality of life of those often left to languish in silence.

Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken health-care system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

$5, suggested donation

  • Doors open & live music w/ La Mechante Et Le Connard at 7:30PM
  • Free bike valet courtesy of Bike Newport, tune-ups for a small charge (please pull bikes around by Casino Theater on Freebody Street, NOT the Bellevue Avenue entrance)
  • Tallulah on Thames taco cart & Le Petit Gourmet will be on-site selling food
  • There will be a cash bar serving our sponsored liquor: SpikedSeltzer , Grey Sail Brewing, Jonathan Edwards Winery & Svedka Vodka
  • NO heels, glass or chairs on the grass courts (for those with seating needs the chairs in the grandstands will be available)
  • Picnics welcome

Rain Venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

Run time: 73 minutes
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
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2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Audience Award Winner

Stirring. A magical, non-medical story of healing.”

Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

The Bottom Line - A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.”

Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

A wonder to experience”

Sam Fragoso,

The results are astounding.”

Steve Greene, Indiewire

Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it.”

Rheana Murray, New York Daily News

It's as transformative as the music itself.”

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