Alive Inside Screening for the Alzheimer’s Association

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Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Derek Freese Documentary Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Alive Inside at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts last Tuesday night.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner was presented at a red-carpet event and there was a post cocktail party afterward. All proceeds from the event will support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter.

The film, which focuses on the use of music in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, included a post-screening Q&A with CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl. Michael Rossato-Bennett, ‎director of Alive Inside discussed how the project came about. He also announced that a meeting with Apple was in the works in hopes of expanding the program of getting music to patients on a much broader scale.

To see how music can make a difference in an Alzheimer’s patient’s life was very moving. The music provided to the patient was specific from an era in their life. It brought them back to life, singing, humming, dancing and they were able to recall memories of a time that had seemed lost forever. It’s a must see. The hope is that one day doctors will prescribe music as part of the treatment that is currently used for Alzheimer’s patients.

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Screening of Susan Seidelman’s Musical Chairs

The Gerald and Janet Carrus Foundation recently hosted a screening of director Susan Seidelman‘s Musical Chairs, a delightful movie about love and wheelchair ballroom dancing (watch the trailer below). All film proceeds will be donated to the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance and the Oliver H.M. Jordan Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, which affords scholarships to students with disabilities. From left: Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Seidelman (who lensed of my favorite films, Desperately Seeking Susan), mayor Michael Nutter and producer Janet Carrus at the Kimmel Center screening.

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Brad Pitt Movie Set in Philly But Filmed in Glasgow Opens This Weekend

Due to the state of Pennsylvania’s occasional, shall we say, recalcitrance regarding the city of Philadelphia, there were budgetary issues that prevented World War Z from filming here. Based on a novel set in Philly, the zombie film was slated for a Philly shoot when tax exemptions didn’t come through with the necessary alacrity. Disappointed, the filmmakers had to make do with Glasgow as a Philadelphia stand-in, for better and worse.

Below, some stills and screen grabs that show how Glasgow looks when it’s tarted up as Philly, and what CGI can do that the state of PA wouldn’t. Some of it is rather impressive, but don’t get excited about the video game, which doesn’t even try to use Philly. Instead, it says: “Meanwhile, in Denver…” Fie.

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