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STRAIGHT FROM SUNDANCE! The opening night film for our March 19, 2014 gala has been selected and it's an award-winner already ...
The opening-night film for the fourth annual Fort Myers Film Festival, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory," is an award-winning independent film about music therapy with Alzheimer’s patients.

Last month, the film drew the Sundance audience award for U.S. documentaries.

“Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" reveals a music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato Bennett, it shows viewers how songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Both Cohen and Bennett will be in attendance for a Q/A and meet and greet at the opening night film and gala at the Barbara B. Mann Performance Arts Hall in Fort Myers March 19.

Within a moment of hearing “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, Alzheimer’s patient Marylou jolts back to life, dancing around the living room and expressing a euphoria her husband hasn’t witnessed since her illness took effect. Countless instances in the film provide proof that music stimulates activity in dementiaaffected parts of the brain and transforms the quality of life of those often left to languish in silence.

Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Mr. Cohen in nursing homes, this groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken health-care system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Director Mr. Rossato-Bennett is the founder and executive producer of Projector Media, a documentary production company dedicated to inspiring conversations that investigate issues related to our cultural consciousness. “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" is Mr. Rossato-Bennett’s first feature length offering.

The Fort Myers Film Festival will be held March 19-23 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts and Broadway Palm Theatre, with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, a filmmakers lodge at Firestone, and breakfast panels at Bennett’s Fresh Roast and other select venues.

Opening-night festivities begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi snapping photos, drinks, mingling and musical entertainment. After a warm welcome from the night's hosts Stephanie Davis, Chad Oliver and Mayor Randy Henderson, the movie starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19 for general admission. VIP packages that include a backstage after-party with music, dancing, open bar and a chance to meet with filmmakers are $99. Tickets are available at

Film programming runs Thursday- Sunday, March 20-12, at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Films are $7. The festival wraps up with a champagne and dessert awards ceremony hosted by Chad Oliver Sunday, March 23, at the Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers. Tickets are $15. An after-party at the theater features a performance by Al Holland. Tickets are $15. For more information on all the films and events, visit

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The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.’ The event has featured over four dozen local filmmakers is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That’s right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement!For more information go to or join for updates on who is coming and special events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season to see everything head to

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