CBS's 60 MINUTES to Highlight Landfill Harmonic Documentary This Sunday
Landfill Harmonic, a documentary that sheds light on the transformative power of music, will be featured on 60 Minutes on November 17. Landfill Harmonic tells the story of "The Recycled Orchestra," which consists of a group of children from a shantytown called Cateura in Paraguay, who play musical instruments made from trash.
This project, founded and executive produced by Alejandra Amarilla, began in 2009 and is planned for release in 2014. Working alongside her is Phoenix-based producer Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus, and executive producing partner Rodolfo Madero.
"Being born in Asuncion, Paraguay, I dreamt of the opportunity to help my country and bring awareness to issues that revolve around children and women," said Amarilla. "The documentary is a major step to garner support for The Recycled Orchestra and inspire general audiences to recycle objects, restore their livelihoods and provide hope for younger generations."
The documentary tells the story of a humble garbage picker and shows his ingenuity to create instruments out of recycled materials. The documentary also follows a few children, the music teacher and the luthier who creates the instruments. This story gives the audience insights into not just the history of how The Recycled Orchestra came to be, but the incredible and unexpected journey the orchestra has experienced. The film takes the audience on a three-year journey which includes the orchestra's first concert abroad in Brazil.
The project expanded in early 2013 when Amarilla and her team launched a Kickstarter Campaign to secure funds to complete the film. The campaign garnered nearly 5,000 backers and more than $200,000 in less than two months.
Landfill Harmonic strives to educate audiences on recycling and sustainability topics through social media and partnerships with environmental organizations.
For more information on the Landfill Harmonic and executive producer, Amarilla be sure to check out 60 Minutes Overtime, dubbed as the web show that picks up where the television show leaves off. To contribute and become part of the movement go to http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com
About Landfill Harmonic
A film about "The Recycled Orchestra," a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. It is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.
The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor - like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world.
About Alejandra Amarilla
Integrating philanthropy and a commitment to community service into her daily life and vision, Amarilla 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, Amarilla 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.