The team recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure the funds they need to complete the production of the film (landfillharmonicmovie.com). They continue to approach sponsors to get the additional funding to complete the documentary, start the Landfill Harmonic Movement and the Orchestra world tour in 2014.
When the Landfill Harmonic documentary is described, two related documentaries come to mind. One, An Inconvenient Truth (2005), graphically showed the negative effects of global warming and won an Academy Award. Another, The Buena Vista Social Club (1999), was a film about a group of talented, but aged, Cuban musicians that took them from obscurity to worldwide fame. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.
Amarilla-Nash says she hopes the film will achieve the success of these other films. “Obviously, that’s the idea. If God wills … it will inspire the world. I want to help my country. It is understood that music transcends culture and is universal. And it’s not just about music, but the struggles of these children to transcend their environment.”
She also would like to see their film shown to millions and have a positive impact on the social problems highlighted. She is passionate about the power of film to help solve stubborn social and environmental issues. People today seem to be more receptive to learning about social issues through documentaries, she says. “Documentaries are crossing the line by reaching the larger audiences that movies get. When you have something that is innovative and has market potential and is relevant, that increases the number of potential viewers.”
The Landfill Harmonic Movement
The filmmaking team is optimistic that this inspirational story will create a “Landfill Harmonic Movement,” with chapter programs in the U.S. and other countries. These programs in turn would inspire youths and adults to recycle, use re-purposed waste to earn money and provide hope for poor families. The program chapters would partner with environmental organizations to educate the public about sustainability. Social media outreach and recycling messaging would be a big part of these programs once the film is finished, the team believes.
The film team have partnered with the GO Campaign (gocampaign.org) to ensure that the donations they inspire reach the orchestra. GO Campaign connects donors to grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities.
The group partnered with the MIM to raise funds to bring the Orquesta de Instrumentos reciclados to Phoenix. The film producers are looking for corporate sponsors to support a concert tour with performances and presentations in Los Angeles, New York and other U.S. cities.
The finished documentary will provide opportunities to create awareness globally about the important subjects of poverty and waste management, say Amarilla-Nash. The film’s mission statement is simple, but offers motivation for a global movement: To demonstrate that creative and simple solutions can bring powerful social transformation to the poorest communities.