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Project of the Day: Musical Instruments Made from Recycled Crash Provide Inspiration

Project of the Day: Musical Instruments Made from Recycled Crash Provide Inspiration

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Landfill Harmonic

Tweetable Logline:
@LandfillHarmoni: The World Sends Us Garbage. We Send Back Music.

Elevator Pitch:
A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled
trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.

Too many children in the world are born into lives with little or no
hope. Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to
change that – musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of
Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft
instruments out of recycled materials – and a youth orchestra is born.
Music arises and children find new dreams.

Production Team:

Alejandra Amarilla Nash (Founder & Executive Producer)

Integrating philanthropy and a commitment to community service into her
daily life and vision, Alejandra has aided a variety of social causes,
previously putting her efforts behind Free Arts of Arizona through the
documentary film Unleashing Creativity, which she co-directed. Born in
Asuncion, Paraguay, Alejandra dreamt of the opportunity to help her
country in a creative way, bringing awareness to issues that revolve
around children and women. The idea of a documentary became the first
step in that direction. Landfill-Harmonic, her latest endeavor, hits
close to home and has become her love project.

Rodolfo Madero (Executive Producer)

Rodolfo started Eureka Productions in 1993 in México. His work crossed
frontiers by the end of the 90‘s when he established his production
house in Phoenix, AZ. In 2004, Eureka made its debut in Adweek Magazine,
being recognized as one of the 30 most important production houses in
the US. As a film composer and Executive Producer; he has taken part in
Documentary films and Short and full length features.

Juliana Penaranda-Loftus (Producer)

Juliana career began working as a Production Assistant and Second
Assistant Director for primetime television shows in Colombia. After
completing her Bachelor’s degree in film and photography she moved to
the United States to pursue graduate studies. She then completed her
Masters in film and video at American University in Washington, DC.
During a semester abroad studying film technology and directing at the
Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the Czech
Republic, she also shot several short films. After September 11, she
traveled to Afghanistan to direct and produce a documentary about Aid
Afghanistan, an organization fighting for the right to educate women.
Since then she has produced feature films and established her own
production company, Hidden Village Films. In 2012 she was one of 8 women
selected by the American Film Institute for their Directing Workshop
for Women.

Graham Townsley (Director)

Graham Townsley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose documentaries have
been shown on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and The
National Geographic in the U.S.; Canal + in France; Channel 4 and the
BBC in England. He founded Shining Red Productions in 2008. He is also
an anthropologist with a Ph.D from Cambridge University. The New York
Times referred to his three-part 2009 PBS series “Becoming Human” as
“compelling…a well-paced series, which keeps adding beautiful layers
of complexity.”

Neil Barrett (Director of Photography)

Has worked on over 30 broadcast documentary films for National
Geographic, BBC, PBS, Discovery, The History Channel, NBC, ABC and CNN.
His films have been shown at the Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, Fullframe,
SilverDocs, Jackson Hole and Los Angeles Film Festivals. Three of his
feature documentaries—”The Woodmans” (2010), “The Other City” (2009),
and “Kicking it” (2008)– have been released theatrically in the United

Jorge Maldonado (Co-Producer and Editor)

Jorge is the Creative Director and Co-founder of Hyperactive
Productions, a Washington DC based production company specializing in
Video production, broadcast design, motion graphics, animation, visual
effects and bilingual voice-overs. His television credits include
Discovery Networks, PBS and The Smithsonian Channel. He has also worked
on numerous projects for organizations such as Conservation
International, The World Bank, The Gates Foundation, Citi Group, and the
Pew Foundation.

Jennifer Redfearn (Consulting Producer)

Jennifer directed the 2011 Oscar nominated documentary Sun Come Up. Sun
Come Up aired on HBO, garnered multiple festival awards, and has
screened in over 500 educational communities worldwide. She is currently
directing The Blind Cinema Club, in Havana Cuba. Over the past seven
years, she has produced documentaries for National Geographic, CNN, the
Discovery Channel, TLC, and for educational and online distribution.

Tim Fabrizio (Director of Photography of selected scenes)

Tim Fabrizio is a cinematographer in New York City. Getting his start in
his native Washington, DC, Tim has over 10 years of experience shooting
narrative feature films, commercials, and documentaries. Tim’s work for
PBS, Discovery Channel and National Geographic took him all over the
globe from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and
favelas in Brazil, to the shores of Northern France, the metropolis of
Tokyo, and the rivers of India.

Monica Barrios (Production Consultant)

Mónica is a bilingual producer with over a decade of experience in
non-fiction. She has collaborated with award winning filmmakers at
National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS and the Smithsonian Channel.
An accomplished field producer of documentary programming, she has
managed crews all over Latin America. She is also a co-owner of
Hyperactive Productions, a production and animation studio based in
Washington, D.C. where as a creative writer and design strategist she
has developed content for commercials, websites and the private sector.

Our Fiscal Sponsor “Creative Visions”:

Inspired by the life of Dan Eldon, a young Reuters photojournalist
killed in Somalia in 1993, Creative Visions Foundation supports
“Creative Activist” who use media and the arts to create positive change
in the world.

The Creative Visions Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit, tax-exempt
organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are

About the Production:
“Our lives were changed in making this film and we hope to change yours.” — Chris Olenik

Current Status:

In production.
For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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It is a great project! Please spread the word and help if you can.

Yenny Fonseca

Can't wait to see the movie!!! Great production.


Excelent Production My like , good good production


Yes! I want to see this movie! And so does the rest of the University of Maryland population!


I have long been a supporter of Landfillharmonics…
but they recycle "Trash" not crash….I want to repost on my Facebook..
Could you please correct…thank you


I'd like to see this movie. Pretty inspiring, really. …but it's recycled trash not crash, right? Otherwise I wouldn't want to see it.

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