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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Screening of The Music Never Stopped for Atlantic Association for Music Therapy

Sundance feature gets first Canadian screening

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

To celebrate Music Therapy Month, the Atlantic Association for Music Therapy is holding screening The Music Never Stopped, directed by Jim Kohlberg. The screening happens 10am, Saturday March 3 at the Oxford Theatre (6408 Quinpool Road), followed by a Q&A. $10/$6 for students.

The Music Never Stopped is set in the mid-1980s, telling a story based on a case study called "The Last Hippie" by Oliver Sacks, about Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), who has been almost two-decades estranged from his father Henry (JK Simmons) and mother Helen (Cara Seymour). Gabriel has a benign brain tumour removed losing the ability to retain new memories. Through music, particularly the stuff from his teens in the late '60s---The Grateful Dead, Beatles and Stones---and the help of therapist Diane Dailey (Julia Ormond), he starts to reconnect to who he was.

At its core, it's the story of the relationship between Gabriel and Henry, the spanning of a generation gap, as well as a fair amount of guilt, using a bunch of great music.

In some ways, the film plays as a validation of a whole generation, the Boomers, which needs no more mythologizing, IMHO. Since Ang Lee's unbearably mushy Taking Woodstock, the genre of Weren't The '60s Awesome? can go up in a cloud of pot smoke. And The Music Never Stopped certainly doesn't avoid the Hallmark disease-of-the-week cliches. But going for it is a stellar performance from Simmons, called one of the great American character actors in this month's Vanity Fair, and it's also an ideal film to get a discussion going for the AAMT's cause.

The AAMT is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, supporting and advocating for music therapy in Atlantic Canada. For more information go to

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