“Alive Inside” is a new documentary about the effect that music seems to have on some Alzheimer’s patients. The program, “Music& Memory,” brings iPods to patients who have shown little cognitive function. The right music wakes them up.
The film got Robert thinking, if music can get past our intellectual filters and touch the brain at a deep, physical level, can image, can cinema do the same thing?
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Robert Horton reviews movies for The Herald (Everett, Washington) and Seattle Weekly. He has contributed many pieces to Film Comment since 1990 as well as other publications. He is the author of the “Cultographies” volume on Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2010), “Billy Wilder: Interviews” (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and had work included in Best American Movie Writing: 1999.
He is the co-author of the zombie Western comic book, Rotten (Moonstone Books, ongoing), and runs the “Magic Lantern” monthly series of film lectures at the Frye Art Museum. His website The Crop Duster is a busy collection of short takes, long pieces, and compulsive lists.
He is on TV over at The Seattle Channel as well with another episode of “Framing Pictures.”
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Steve also likes to talk about science and nature. Check out his gardening podcast, A Dry Rain
Steve will be Seattle Town Hall Scholar In Residence , Fall 2014. Some of the work will focus on this question, when did you know you had found your home? When did you feel you were starting to sink your roots into the place you call home? How did happen? Where, when and why did you find yourself taking root? Steve had an essay about the topic on KCTS TV’S Pie. He will be asking you that question in the months ahead. Think about a few places where you can point out how you started to take root in the place you call home.