Landfill Harmonic


Pre-Event Screening: Tuesday Feb. 23rd, 7 pm/ Loyola University/Damen Cinema (Gentile Arena) 6511 N. Sheridan Rd/ Tickets

Stay after the film for refreshments and a rich discussion questioning our definition of “waste” and the potential rethinking of how we use materials to benefit humans and the environment. Concrete action opportunities will be provided, including examples from Loyola University student entrepreneurs, The Rebuilding Exchange, and other local organizations that are turning waste into profit. Facilitator: Aaron Durnbaugh, Sustainability Director, Loyola University Chicago.

Sat. March 5th, 3 pm (following YFC Awards)/ Columbia College/ Tickets  

High school and college students! Arrive up to an hour early (2 pm) to obtain feedback on your film ideas or portfolio from Columbia Cinema Art + Science faculty member and filmmaker, Jeff Spitz. Program will begin at 3 pm, with a brief awards ceremony for One Earth Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Contest High School winners. Acclaimed film, Landfill Harmonic, will be featured immediately following. Post-film program includes discussion on making social and environmental change through the arts. Paul Teruel, Director of Community Partnerships at Columbia’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships will share local engagement ideas and opportunities. Facilitator:  Sue Crothers Gee, River Forest Parks Foundation; River Forest Sustainability Commission.

Brad Allgood, Alejandra Amarilla/ 2015/ 84 min/ Waste, Recycling

FILM DESCRIPTION: Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.