The Beat of the Heart is a short documentary film exploring the revolutionary work of music therapist Brian Schreck. Based at the Norton Cancer Institute in Kentucky, Brian has been recording the heartbeats of cancer patients to incorporate into a unique musical composition written with the patients and families. Just as each individual’s heartbeat is unique, each musical composition becomes a celebration of the individual beauty and spirit of each of the patients involved.

Brian’s work offers a rarely seen window into some of the most challenging aspects of dealing with serious illness, as he works to bring moments of beauty and celebration in the midst of intense suffering and grief. And in the process providing the family with an ongoing beautiful piece of their loved ones: their strong heart continuing to beat through a piece of music that mirrors life and connects with their presence and never ending love.