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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance 2014: Alive Inside

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You may be one of the millions of people who’ve seen the viral video of Henry, an elderly man in a nursing home who popped out of the fog of dementia when he heard a cherished tune from his youth. That video is actually part of a larger documentary called Alive Inside that explores the healing power of music. It’s premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Friday we’re joined by the film’s director, Michael Rossato-Bennett, and social worker Dan Cohen, who’s trying to convince the world that music can enliven elderly people suffering from dementia and also help us provide them better care.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary category. Screenings will be held this Friday at 9:45 p.m. at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Library Center Theatre in Park City. For more information, visit the Sundance Film Festival 2014 web site.

Watch an excerpt from the film at VideoWest. It features Henry, a 94-year-old man who lives in a nursing home in Brooklyn.  It reveals the larger point to the film … that music is not only magic but can be a backdoor into the mind.

GUESTS

  • Michael Rossato-Bennett is the founder and executive producer of Projector Media. He directed and produced Alive Inside, which is his first full-length documentary film.
  • Dan Cohen is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Music & Memory, which provides personalized digital music to the elderly and infirm.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.