Award Winning Documentary Landfill Harmonic Opens Los Angeles Sept. 23rd


By Rudi Lopez, M.A., Editor-in-Chief (

Los Angeles, CA. Following an impressive festival run and successful NYC theatrical opening, award-winning documentary LANDFILL HARMONIC, directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley, opens in Los Angeles Sept. 23rd.  

Audiences around the world have praised the incredible true story of these talented young people at over 200 film festivals and winning over 40 film prizes including the Audience Award at the South By Southwest Film Festival, AFI DOCS Festival, Vancouver Film Festival; official selection at the Sheffield Film Festival and winner of the Documentary Award for The Humanitas Prize.

LANDFILL HARMONIC chronicles the incredible journey of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. Orchestra Founder Favio Chavez had hopes of sharing music with the children of Cateura, a poverty stricken slum next to the capital’s largest landfill.  Since expensive musical instruments were not within attainable for families in Cateura, Favio, along with carpenter and trash picker Nicolas “Cola” Gomez, began to craft instruments from materials found in the landfill to provide children with the opportunity to play.  They journey exceeds all expectations as they find themselves playing for audiences around the world, even accompanying artists such as Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Megadeth.  They’ve also played for Pope Francis, and last week performed at The United Nations in NYC. 

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, the subjects of LANDFILL HARMONIC, featured this week on NPR Morning Edition.  They’ve also been featured on 60 Minutes, TEDx, NPR Music, PIX 11 Evening News, CBS Morning News, The Telegraph, and many others.  A special screening was held September 19th at the Museum of Tolerance  in Los Angeles in front of a sold out audience.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see this film in person, bring out the entire family and kids to be inspired, and witness the amazing ingenuity, tenacity and human spirit of the people of Cateura, Paraguay and the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.

Two locations to watch the film:

Laemmle’s Monica Film Center
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Laemmle’s Pasadena Playhouse
673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

For more information:
Website: http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.comTwitter: @landfillhrmnic
Instagram: @landfillharmonicmovie

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