A few weeks ago, I saw "Alive Inside," an amazing documentary that was screened for the Camera Cinema Club. The film tells the story of Dan Cohen and his nonprofit, Music & Memory, and his effort to bring sparks of life to Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes by tuning them into the music of their youth on iPods.

Camera Cinemas owner Jack NyBlom has been a big backer of the movie, arranging recent screenings for caregivers and local music therapists, as well as one for executives from Apple, Adobe and Google -- and those screenings generated lots of positive buzz. And now the valley at large will get a chance to see this movie when it opens at Campbell's Camera 7 theaters on Friday. On Saturday, Cohen will participate in Q&A sessions after the 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. screenings. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett will talk to audiences after the same screenings Sunday.

One of the most surprising things I discovered about Rossato-Bennett's film, a version of which premiered at Sundance this year, was the tepid response Cohen got from Apple as he tried to drum up donations to get more music players in the hands of patients at thousands of nursing homes across the country.

But Apple appears to be warming up to the film and the cause. I was glad to hear that Apple has created a dollar-for-dollar matching program for Music & Memory for employees and had Rossato-Bennett and Cohen on a tour of the Apple campus last month.

There will be special iPod drop-off displays set up at Camera 7 for people who want to donate an old music player to the cause. Don't be surprised if you're tempted to bring one in after seeing the movie.


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FAREWELL TO A TOP COP: Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Scott Seaman passed the reins onto his successor, Matt Frisby, last Thursday, exactly 39 years to the day after Seaman was sworn in from the academy.

Seaman spent 27 years with the San Jose Police Department before heading over to Los Gatos-Monte Sereno, and he's been a huge part of the community there and throughout the valley. He was a regular at charity events, often in uniform and was always ready to help out with a smile. "I am so honored to have been able to follow my dream and to have had such wonderful experiences and memories," Seaman said in a Facebook farewell.

IT'S A WILD ONE: The Hoot & Howl at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, easily the wildest party of the year, is scheduled for Sept. 6, and "Safari Captains" are already on the lookout for potential guests. Tickets to the benefit for the Happy Hollow Foundation are $150, but with that you get an adults-only, after-hours visit to the park, complete with cocktails, rides, food and visits from some stunning beasts. Get more details at www.hhpz.org.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.