Vermont Foundation Underwrites Screening As Part of BFF Mission to Educate
and Inspire A New Generation of Moviegoers

October 2015, Brattleboro, VT:  As part of its mission to create educational initiatives and spotlight issues that raise awareness of the world around us, the Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) hosts a special free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Landfill Harmonic” next week for all Brattleboro and Vernon public school fifth graders. The film, which takes place mainly in a Paraguayan slum, is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Landfill Harmonic will also screen Saturday, October 31st, at noon, as part of the fourth annual Brattleboro Film Festival, which runs October 30th through November 8, 2015 at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.

“This ‘sneak peek’ screening for 134 Brattleboro and Vernon fifth-grade classes and their teachers ties into the fifth-grade curriculum,” notes Diane LaVerdi, who organized the event and directs family programming at the festival. “The children and teachers seeing the film next week will get a glimpse of what everyday life is like for their age-group counterparts living under vastly different circumstances five thousand miles away in Paraguay. More importantly, they will witness a tale of remarkable resilience and empowerment, which we hope will inspire everyone.”  

The free school screening will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015, and includes a post-screening discussion and take-home materials for classrooms.  BFF is providing free bus transportation to and from the event, which will take place at the New England Youth Theatre.

This BFF event is being mounted thanks to a generous grant from the John M. Bissell Foundation, which supports BFF’s mission to inspire a new generation of filmgoers to appreciate the value of watching movies together on a big screen, discussing what’s been seen, exchanging ideas and perhaps even inspiring collective civic action. This goal is further reinforced by BFF’s ongoing commitment to provide free tickets to all high school and middle school students for all festival films.

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.

Landfill Harmonic has screened at major film festivals including:  SXSW South by Southwest - Audience Award, New York International Children's Film Festival, TIFF Kids International Film Festival, SF Green Film Festival in San Francisco, CA, Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield, England and Discovery Film Festival, Scotland.  It has been featured on the Today Show, 60 Minutes, BBC and CNN and it has been profiled in Time, Wired and The Washington Post.

A trailer for the film can be seen at  A Teachers Resources Pack will augment the experience and can be found at:

Landfill Harmonic will be screened during the Brattleboro Film Festival at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, October 31st at noon.  Tickets are $10 regular, $8 seniors 62 and over, free for High School and Middle School students with ID (thanks also to the Bissell Foundation), and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information about this event and the festival overall, please visit:


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