Sometimes, more often than not, being a documentary filmmaker also turns you into an activist for or agains the issue you are filming.
During a recent post-screening Q&A of Rossato-Bennett’s documentary “Alive Inside” — an event organized by the International Documentary Association as part of their annual fall screening series — Rossato-Bennett made it very clear that he takes his dual role as filmmaker an activist, very seriously.
“Alive Inside” tells the story of Dan Cohen, the founder of a non-profit organization called Music and Memory; Cohen’s non-profit advocates the use of music as a form of therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s. Rossato-Bennett’s film documents Cohen’s struggle to get other people to adopt his point-of-view — namely the family members of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as the nursing homes where these patients frequently reside.
“We all know the world we want to live in,” he declared at one point during the Q&A. “And yet we continue to live as we live because the inertia of civilization is incredibly powerful. You don’t change until you have to and right now we’re at that point.”
Rossato-Bennett’s film is just one part of his call-to-action.
“Alive Inside” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it received the audience award. The film was released in theaters at the beginning of August and is currently available for rent or purchase on iTunes.