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Alive Inside Q&A and Reception Complimentary Tickets Thurs June 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Jacob Burns Film Center is generously offering our meet up group 25 complimentary tickets to an upcoming special event, taking place Thursday June 26 @ 7:30 pm.  We will be screening Alive Inside.  You must reply by 9 am on June 23 to receive a ticket.  Please no exceptions, this is the deadline.  You must also provide your full name (first and last) to be put on the guest list.  If you are bringing a guest please list their full name.  Please arrive a minimum of 15 early to get your ticket.

The event fee is $2 paid by paypal in advance. This is an event fee is to help defer the meetup fees and also to confirm your attendance to this event, it is not for the ticket purchase, the ticket is complimentary.  The event fee is non refundable

Community Matters: Alive Inside 

Thurs. June 26 at 7:30 pm

 “The philosopher Kant once called music ‘the quickening art’.” (Oliver Sacks) Winner: Audience Award at Sundance! When social worker Dan Cohen brought iPods to a nursing home, he witnessed a miracle: Even some of the most unresponsive dementia patients “awakened” when listening to music from their past. With renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks providing context, this is a groundbreaking, moving investigation into the mysterious way music functions in our brains.

Q&A Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino and Dr. Janna Heyman with JBFC's Brian Ackerman. Dr. Tomaino is the Executive Director/Co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a member of CenterLight Health System. Dr. Tomaino has worked with IMNF, which she co-founded with Oliver Sacks, for the past 25 years. She is a past president of the American Association for Music Therapy and is also a founding board member of Music & Memory, a non-profit organization founded by Dan Cohen. The Associate Director of the Ravazzin Center for Aging at Fordham University, Dr. Heyman oversees a number of projects related to aging and aging education in Westchester. She has also conducted extensive research and published numerous scholarly articles on creative arts, intergenerational programming and social work education. 

RECEPTION Please join us at the Media Arts Lab (405 Manville Rd) for a reception featuring local, sustainable food from Table Local Market. Community Matters: Local Issues, Discussion, Activism. Community Matters is a series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. The series is sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation.

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  • Stephen P.

    This being my first outing having just joined Meetup, I enjoyed myself but wasn't sure where I was supposed meet the other people. I got to the theatre at 7 and just got in line with everybody else.
    Anyway, I thought the film was fantastic. As a music producer, I know the importance of music being played through headphones and could understand that method having a much more significant impact than just playing a song on a radio or stereo. The fact that it brought back memories to people with dementia just shows you the incredible power of music and memory.
    I was a little confused at why so many people in the audience were laughing when the subjects starting singing. I didn't find these parts funny at all but deeply emotional.

    June 27, 2014

    • Cathy

      Stacey and Stephen and any other new members. Please read the postings regarding where to meet. Mostly we all meet at the membership desk before the film. I was at the membership desk from 7 until 7:27 last night. Come up and introduce yourself. We also gathered again after the film at the reception to discuss and socialize. I hope this clarifies where to meet. If you still have questions send me a personal message

      1 · June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the movie did not break new ground and seemed overly repetitive. While it included some compelling characters and incidents of music moving otherwise difficult dementia patients, I did not come away from this documentary feeling that I had learned anything new or groundbreaking. The fact that the subject was using iPods in lieu of the traditional performances and caring visits by volunteers did not seem revolutionary. Some of the projects in this "Oprah"-like audience (which applauded each audience member telling us what they have performed or researched) were more compelling from the standpoint of what we can do to help. Could not make the reception due to the late hour. A more appropriate title might be "Advocates of Digital Music Therapy". Interesting, nonetheless. Thank you for arranging for our tickets, Cathy.

    June 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would also like to add that the producers missed a big opportunity to create a deeper, more analytical and informative piece. They could have put the subject's financial efforts to find funding for digital devices to supplement existing efforts by volunteers, instead of portraying their digital iPod/headphone effort as the only way to get through to these institutionalized dementia patients. A broader, less focused perspective might have helped this production. The other opportunity missed was integrating current scientific research or clinical trends into their production. It is difficult to argue with the compelling subject matter, but this was an opportunity wasted, in my view.

      June 27, 2014

  • Steven Z

    Glad I made it. Moving, sad, hopeful, enlightening and inspiring. Hopefully it helps move things in the right direction on elder issues. I think it could with the help of actions by and awareness for those who see it. Important for films like this to offer some reasons for optimism to help direct energy toward these problems. Nice to see people in the group.
    Thanks Cathy getting us this opportunity and for helping spread this film's message.

    June 27, 2014

  • Roz

    Sorry, I can't make it. We have theater tickets that night. Hoping to meet up next time.

    June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cathy, Looks interesting. Have read some of the Oliver Sachs book on music and the mind, fascinating. How do I reserve the ticket?

    June 20, 2014

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