“Landfill Harmonic” lands U.S. theatrical distribution

The Film Collaborative and Emerging Pictures will release directors Graham Townsley and Brad Allgood's SXSW prize winner in September.
June 29, 2016

SXSW prize winner Landfill Harmonic has lined up North American distribution.

The Film Collaborative and Emerging Pictures will release the doc theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in September, while Vimeo has VOD rights and HBO Latino will air it on TV.

Meanwhile, FilmRise is handling the DVD/BluRay release and Tugg Inc. will oversee educational distribution. Cinephil is overseeing all international sales.

Directed by Graham Townsley and Brad Allgood, the doc profiles Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra, which plays instruments made from garbage sourced in a nearby landfill. When their story goes viral, the orchestra and music director Favio Chavez begin travelling the world, performing in arenas, stadiums and concert halls.

Landfill Harmonic world premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. It picked up an Audience Award in the ’24 Beats Per Second’ program at that festival, and picked up another Audience Award prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival this past March.

The Recycled Orchestra will perform in New York City around the September 9 theatrical premiere. It will open in Los Angeles on September 23 and roll out in 25 to 45 markets across North America thereafter.

Producers will also host an outdoor screening in the orchestra’s hometown of Cateura in August, prior to the Paraguay release on August 18.

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