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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 States.

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 tax-deductible.

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

Current Status:

In production.

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