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A film about the power of music and the social worker who uses it to “awaken” patients with dementia and Alzheimer's.
653 backers pledged $51,620 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by Michael Rossato-Bennett (Creator)

Hello my beautiful Kickstarter family,

Forgive me for being a little tipsy but people have been buying me drinks as I made my way home.   I promised you this update and here it is!  My dear sweet friends, you are not going to believe this!.....

Are you sitting down?

Here is the news-

Alive Inside has been selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival!!!!!!!.  

Thousands and Thousands of films were submitted and they picked 16 documentaries to be in competition!!!!  ALIVE INSIDE is one of them!!!!!

I know it is hard to believe-  I could not have done it with out you!!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!  We did it!!!!!!!

If you don't believe me- go here-


 Our dream of waking the world, helping them see the life that is there to be awakened in our elders and ourselves, is now, one very big, huge step closer to coming true!!!!

Like the facebook page and spread the word- look at our new website and let us know if you like it!  

You, my dear friends invested in our small but beautiful film and now the WORLD will see it.  Can you believe this?????  I wish I could take you all to Sundance!  I wish I could raise a glass with you all- this is a huge victory and it is ours, yours just as much as mine!  

Love you all,


TJ McCormick, Andrew Galasetti, and 21 more people like this update.


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      Jacqueline Johnson on

      Looking forward to viewing and sharing with our community support groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the community as a whole! Jackie Johnson Missoula Mt.

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      Bruce N. Goren on

      Wow, congrats, well deserved!

    3. Michael Rossato-Bennett 2-time creator on


      Thank you for you faith. It has been worth the wait IMHO! We are going to make a difference- start a conversation the world runs from but really wants to have!

      Keep dancing!

    4. Michael Rossato-Bennett 2-time creator on


      Do it! Let's all take the inward journey into the music of our youth. What a great experience and a gift to have later in life.

      Also, I want all of you to see the film. We will do an on-line screening just as soon as we can- the day after Sundance closes could be good!!

      And the beat goes on...


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      alexi delano on

      Congratulations!! Fantastic news!!

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    8. Cait Davis on

      Congratulations!! That's awesome!

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      Cathy Greenblat on

      A brilliant decision by the Sundance team. The film was already glorious when you showed it at the Rubin Museum. As soon as I saw your last message about amazing news coming I said " I bet it was accepted at Sundance or the Palm Springs international film festival 2 weeks prior. I just told Dan that if you also will show it at the PSP festival I could put you or Dan up here!!! Christina, Oliver Sacks is IN the film so he already knows it well. I love Musicophilia too and use quotes from it in all mt talks about music and dementia. That book and Alive Inside are treasures. Cathy Greenblat, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer's Differently.

    10. Michael Rossato-Bennett 2-time creator on

      I am so sorry that you have not seen the film yet- it is just now finished anyway. You see, the only way Sundance will show a film is if it is a world premier. So, I can not show it or release DVDs either- When you have a real release of a film like we are going to have now, first comes theatrical and then television and then DVDs- no one will put it on television if it is available on DVD or Netflix. I feel bad that you are having to wait, but if you believe in what we are doing this is the best thing for the cause. This is the best way to get the film seen by the most people. However I will be doing a series of special showings just for Kickstarter people- one online and one here in NYC. I think all the delays are worth it in the end!

    11. Michael Rossato-Bennett 2-time creator on

      Christina, Oliver is in the film!!! He is a great supporter of the work!!!

    12. Christina

      *OOPS! I meant *neurologist* Oliver Sacks.

    13. Christina

      please consider sending the information etc. about your film to renown neuroscientist Oliver Sacks who has written on the subject of the significance of music. you can google and find out all about him etc. I am certain he would take great interest in your film.

    14. Christina

      BRAVO! Just hoping one day to see the entire film, It really is so very important and needs sharing.