November 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Many things have happened since the teaser of our film Landfill Harmonic went viral and the story of the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura became known across the world. We are happy to share great news with your through this newsletter.

November Screenings at Festivals Near You

Our film was completed early this year. So far 17 film festivals have confirmed screenings of Landfill Harmonic during the month of November. We want to highlight three very special screenings where the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura will be performing live.

Scottsdale International Film Festival
With Founder & Executive Producer Alejandra Amarilla and Producer & Co-Director Juliana Penaranda- Loftus.
* Orchestra performance *
Thursday Nov 5th, 6:00 PM
Scottsdale, AZ

AFI Fest presented by AUDI
Official Selection
With Director Brad Allgood, Producer & Co-Director Juliana Penaranda-Loftus, Executive Producer & Founder Alejandra Amarilla, Executive Producer Rodolfo Madero and Film Composer Michael A. Levine
* Orchestra performance *
Sunday Nov 8th, 1:00 PM at Egyptian Theatre
Monday Nov 9th (Educational Screening Only)
Los Angeles, CA

Napa Valley Film Festival
Official Selection
With Producer and Co-Director Juliana Penaranda-Loftus
* Orchestra performance *
Tuesday Nov 10th (Educational Screening Only)
Wednesday Nov 11th, 1:30 PM at Lincoln Theatre
Yountville, CA

You will find the complete film festivals list for November here.

Updates on the kids from the Recycled Orchestra

Meet a very special girl from the Orchestra, Celeste Fleitas. She is 9 years old and joined the Orchestra last year as a pupil of Ada and Tania, two of the main characters in our film. This year Celeste was presented with the wonderful opportunity to offer a recycled violin as a gift to Pope Francis during his visit to Paraguay. This past month of October, Celeste and a select small group of kids from the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura came to Los Angeles to perform at Turn On LA, the Creative Visions Foundation Award Ceremony, where Landfill Harmonic received the Creative Activist Award. Thanks to Creative Visions, the orchestra kids met their lifetime hero and inspiration Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Celeste presented a very unique gift to Maestro Dudamel: a magical violin handmade by Colá. We loved Gustavo’s reaction. Watch the video here. Later that weekend, the kids got to spend some happy time at the beach. This has certainly been an amazing year for this little girl. Here are some photos of this wonderful experience.

Photos Celeste

A Wonderful Partnership

We would like to introduce you to Instruments Beyond Borders (IBB) formerly named Instruments for Change, a wonderful initiative that launched on February 15, 2013. Instruments Beyond Borders was inspired by the teaser of Landfill Harmonic, which showed the world the awesome work done by the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. Since its launch, the mission of IBB is to support music education in disadvantaged communities at home and abroad by providing much needed musical instruments to aspiring musicians and funds for capacity building. IBB has collected well over 170 instruments that include flutes, violins, trumpets, clarinets, saxophones, a cello, orchestral xylophone, guitars, an autoharp, and a baritone horn. A number of these instruments have been donated to our dear Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. You can watch a heart warming video when IBB delivers instruments to the Recycled Orchestra during a visit to Vancouver in 2014 here. If you would like to make an instrument donation or learn more about the work of IBB, please visit:


Jason IBB

Inspiring Initiatives

World View
This month, Landfill Harmonic was honored to attend and present the film at the World View Symposium of the University of North Carolina. We greatly respect and admire the work of World View, a program of UNC which explores significant global issues, offers best practices in global education, and provides educators an opportunity to develop a global action plan for their classroom, school, or system. This year, the symposium focused on global environment and sustainability, a key topic for our times. We invite you to learn more about this great program here.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Awards ex
We are thrilled to announce that Landfill Harmonic and the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura have been honored with the following recognitions to this date:

“24 Beats per Second” Audience Award at the 2015 SXSW.
Indomitable Spirit & Moving Mountains Prize for Recycled Orchestra of Cateura at the 2015 Mountainfilm Festival.
Inspiring Lives & Audience Awards at the 2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival.
Best Family Friendly Feature Award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival.
The Environmental Award Special Mention at the 2015 Sheffield Doc Festival.
Audience Award at the 2015 Take One Action Film Festival.
Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the 2015 Long Beach International Film Festival.
VIFF Impact: International Audience Award at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Audience Choice Feature Award at the 2015 Tacoma Film Festival.
Creative Activist Award at the 2015 Turn On LA of Creative Visions Foundation.
State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition for Landfill Harmonic.

 How you can support us

Our film is still in the process of securing distribution for its official release in 2016. Please help us spread the word about future screenings of Landfill Harmonic at film festivals and share the powerful message of empowerment through education of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a private screening this year, please go and fill out the form

If you would like to host screenings after the official release of our film in 2016, please write us to info©

To donate instruments, please contact

To contribute to the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura visit GoCampaign

To contribute to the official release of our film, visit Creative Visions

If you have a blog or website where you would like to publish a story about Landfill Harmonic, you can download our press kit here or contact us for further inquiries at

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