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In Alive Inside, Dan Cohen discovers the life buried within them through music and fights to get that music to individuals within our nation's nursing home system. Whether or not you have any past or present experience with nursing homes, Alzheimer patients, or the elderly in general, this film provides an understanding of humanity and our need for a door to our memories and loved ones.
At the Castleton Festival in Vermont yesterday, sad news once more cooled the musical landscape as Maestro Lorin Maazel passed, less than a month after we lost Julius Rudel... As Maestro Rudel precariously leaped over the pit to save time in rehearsals in Spoleto and Maestro Maazel silenced a coughing audience with his glare as he began a beautiful composition again from the beginning, I fell in love with opera and symphonic music and never looked back...
Tonight, I had another chance to connect with filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green in person, and also to attend a panel discussion on which he and several others spoke about distributing independent films... At tonight's events, several talented panelists devoted their time to helping answer questions by excited filmmakers and actors, all eager to produce creative material for the world to see... Aside from learning a German opera and working on my film career, I'm looking forward to creating my very own webseries. I want to interview people who balance exceedingly high levels of success and happiness - they are rare!
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending SAG-AFTRA's Short Film Fest, seeing more incredible films, and hearing from actors and filmmakers who used their skills and creativity to tell moving and surprising stories... As I rode home on the A train, I thought about my occasional reluctance to networking and realized - I've held myself back. Not just career-wise... I've kept myself from taking risks and, most importantly, from meeting talented, inspired and incredible people.