FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Festival Mozaic and Wilshire Health & Community Services
Present Film Screening of Alive Inside,
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winning Documentary
June 5, 2015â€” Two venerable San Luis Obispo county nonprofit organizations, Wilshire Health & Community Services and Festival Mozaic, are collaborating to screen a documentary about the importance music plays in all of our lives. The screening will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Palm Theatre, 817 Palm Street, downtown San Luis Obispo. Tickets may be pre-purchased for $12 by visiting www.wilshirehcs.org or purchased at the door for $15. A brief panel discussion featuring hospice Therapeutic Musician, Chris Oâ€™Connell, as well as other experts in aging and mental health, will follow the film.
By collaborating on this film screening, the two organizations hope to promote the mission of Festival Mozaic by demonstrating the power music has to affect all lives, as well as promote the mission of Wilshire Health and Community Services by demonstrating the power of the One Voice Music Program, which provides live-music experiences for patients facing end-of-life.
About the Film: Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of musicâ€™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 to demonstrate musicâ€™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 (â€œDonâ€™t Worry, Be Happyâ€).
An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDEâ€™s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
About Festival Mozaic: Founded in 1971 as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Festival Mozaic is a celebration of the art of music that takes place year-round in varied venues across San Luis Obispo County. The Festival presents an orchestra gathered from professionals across the world, chamber music concerts, guest artists and ensembles, and concerts of classical crossover artist, alongside free master classes, lectures and open rehearsals. For more information, please visit www.FestivalMozaic.com. The 45th Anniversary Summer Festival runs July 16-26, 2015.
About Wilshire Health & Community Services: Wilshire Health and Community Services, Inc. is a local California not for profit, public benefit operating corporation. As a leading provider of comprehensive health care and related services, Wilshire employees serve thousands of patients annually. Wilshire Hospice, an agency of Wilshire Health & Community Services, offers the One Voice Music Therapy Program to its patients, with three full-time and two part-time musicians who visit patients daily upon request of patients or families. Wilshire Hospice musicians are honored to bring relief, joy and hope to hospice patients, families and caregivers when they need it most. Please visit www.wilshirehcs.org for more information.