Post Film Discussion Panelists:
Dr. Allen Power is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and an international educator on transformational models of elder care, particularly for those living with changing cognitive abilities.. He is the author of the award-winning book Dementia Beyond Drugs and the newly released Dementia Beyond Disease. Al was also a student of jazz and classical composition at the Eastman School of Music under Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, and Samuel Adler.
Bryan Hunter, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC is Professor and Chair of the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where he directs the graduate music therapy program. A faculty member since 1982, Dr. Hunter is also an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he conducts music therapy clinical outcome research with pediatrician O.J. Sahler, M.D., and music therapist, Rosie Obi. In addition to a book chapter, the interdisciplinary team has published research on various applications of music therapy in integrative medicine in the Journal of Music Therapy, Pediatric Research, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. A Past-President of the National Association for Music Therapy, Dr. Hunter helped lead the organization in a successful effort to unify with the American Association for Music Therapy, forming the American Music Therapy Association in 1998. In addition, he was a founding member and Chair of the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners. In 2005 he was awarded the first New York State license as a Creative Arts Therapist, and this fall he will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association.
Sam Snyder studied Music Therapy at Nazareth College. He graduated with a bachelors of science in Music Therapy as well as a minor in Psychology and Gerontology. He started his career in Hospice, providing Music Therapy to both the elderly and children with terminal illnesses. Sam and his wife joined the Peace Corps where they spent nearly 5 years living and working in Cambodia.
Upon returning from overseas, Sam joined a team of Music Therapists at Rochester's Hochstein School of Music and Dance where he provided music therapy services to various community organizations serving a wide range of populations. Sam is now a full time Music Therapist at Friendly Home where he works with seniors to enhance their quality of life through music.
About the Film:
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 short.
This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & 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. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).
An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.