November 30, 2020
Is it a music miracle, or simply science? It is both, although there is nothing simple about Forrest Allen’s arduous emergence from a traumatic brain injury that had silenced his singing voice at age 18 and left him unable to utter a sound or walk for almost two years.
Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Susan Koch chronicles the daredevil snowboarder’s journey and the work of Tom Sweitzer, the music therapist who unlocks Allen’s mind-brain connections, in a new documentary, Music Got Me Here. The film includes brief commentary from soprano and music therapy advocate Renée Fleming and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.