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“Landfill Harmonic” to Close San Francisco Green Film Festival

May 13, 2015

Musicians from the Youth Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay, performing with instruments made from recyclable materials.A common complaint about certain types of music is that it all sounds like garbage. But have you ever heard of music made from garbage? The makers of the documentary “Landfill Harmonic,” which will co-close the San Francisco Green Film Festival, have.

The film looks at the Youth Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay, whose members make their instruments out of recycled materials.

According to the film’s promotional materials:

Landfill Harmonic follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

The film plays June 3 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco at 6 p.m. Visit for more information about the festival.

Matthew Sedlar oversees edits and posts content to SFCV and social media. He has worked on the copy desks of several publications including the Orange County Register and the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. He also served as deputy editor of Congressional Quarterly's Healthbeat and a music writer for the blog DCist. In his spare time, he writes about the intersection of statistics and various nerdy topics for Stats for Geeks.