About the Event

Woman enjoying music

Social worker Dan Cohen
witnesses the effect music can have

On May 28, 2015, at the Michigan Theater, the award-winning feature-length documentary Alive Inside was presented as part of a fundraiser to benefit local seniors. Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. The film follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he demonstrates music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts. The film's inspirational and emotional story won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. View the trailer here.

Rob Reinhart, the host and producer of Acoustic Cafe, provided an introduction to the movie. And prior to the screening, the Chenille Sisters, a local folk band, performed live, making the night truly a celebration of music.

This film screening was organized as a fundraiser by "Big Hearts for Seniors," a group that promotes awareness and raises funds for five non-profit, community-supported programs of the University of Michigan Health System serving older adults throughout Washtenaw County.

Rob Reinhart

Rob Reinhart

Together, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan, Silver Club Memory Programs, and Turner Senior Wellness Program help seniors seeking meals, housing, support to remain independent, mental stimulation and relief from social isolation. All funds raised went directly to these programs and provide critical services. Since 2006, Big Hearts for Seniors has raised funds through participation in the Ann Arbor Marathon and the Big House/Big Heart race, from which the name "Big Hearts for Seniors" came.

What: Alive Inside film screening and live music from the Chenille Sisters, for Big Hearts for Seniors fundraiser

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30-6:15 VIP Reception (Emcee remarks at 6:00)
6:15 Doors open for general admission
6:30 Chenille Sisters perform
7:00 Movie starts

Where: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI

How: Tickets available online or contact Rachel Dewees, Director of the Turner Senior Wellness Program, 734-998-9350 or rdewees@med.umich.edu.