Rodolfo Madero and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus at the SXSW World Premiere of Landfill Harmonic

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Wednesday, March 18, saw the world premiere of a documentary we're sure you'll be hearing more about in the next year. Why so sure? As news has spread about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, their story has deepened and expanded, making the film itself into an ever-evolving and unquestionably inspiring project. 


Partially directed by award-winning filmmaker Brad Allgood and Emmy-nominated documentarian Graham Townsley, Landfill Harmonic follows music director Favio Chavez and the children of Paraguay's poorest slum as they found ways to make music out of the miserable condition of living on a landfill. Cellos made of oil drums and other instruments followed, and with the dedication of Chavez and the kids' hard work, the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura was born. Suddenly, they found themselves with a global audience as the sounds of their joyful noises spread worldwide with the release of the film's teaser.


At South by Southwest, Indiezone.TV sat down with two of the driving forces behind the Landfill Harmonics project: executive producer Rodolfo Madero and co-director and producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus. In the following interview, they recount how the Recycled Orchestra came to be, how they became involved in the project, and how the children have adjusted to international recognition and concert playing now that the whole world wants to hear more from this talented musical group.  


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