Landfill Harmonic Theatrical Release


Film Collaborative, Emerging Pictures, Tugg, Inc., Vimeo, FilmRise and HBO Latino
to Bring This Powerful Documentary to the World

“LANDFILL HARMONIC” Has Won Over 30 Awards and Played at Over 140 Film Festivals

Thursday, June 24, 2016 Hollywood, CA The producers of the acclaimed documentary LANDFILL HARMONIC today announced a coordinated release across all platforms and media involving several companies to bring this multiple prize winning festival darling to the public.

Film Collaborative, Emerging Pictures, Tugg, Inc., Vimeo, FilmRise and HBO Latino will each play a key role in the overall release as follows: Film Collaborative and Emerging Pictures will handle the theatrical distribution in the United States and Canada; Tugg, Inc is overseeing educational distribution; Vimeo will take on the Video on Demand exhibition; FilmRise will release the DVD/BluRay; and HBO Latino will premiere the television broadcast.

Orly Ravid, attorney at MSK and founder of Film Collaborative organized these exceptional distribution partners for this release on behalf of the filmmakers. “We are confident that this captivating and emotionally powerful story will continue to capture the hearts of audiences across all platforms and media especially given the film’s remarkable success at film festivals worldwide.”

LANDFILL HARMONIC is the acclaimed SXSW and AFI FEST audience award winning film following 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 from the landfill. When their amazing story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director Favio Chavez, they must navigate this new world of arenas, stadiums, concert halls and sold out performances. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a major source of hope for the town.

“Our goal is to show that culture is a basic human need and that music can truly change lives,” says music director Chavez. “Even when we live in the most unfavorable conditions, we must never stop dreaming. And this orchestra and these kids are a perfect example of that.”

“We are very excited to work with this team of amazing distributors on all platforms,” states Alejandra Amarilla, Founder and Executive Producer. “Every time audiences experience this film and this story, the outpouring of love and support is immense. These distribution experts will be able to get the film out to as many people as possible, and help the film continue to inspire others.”

LANDFILL HARMONIC is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. It has played over 140 film festivals around the world and has won over 30 awards and prizes. In the orchestra’s home country of Paraguay, LANDFILL HARMONIC will also enjoy a wide theatrical release throughout the country.

“The film will have a special outdoor screening for the people of Cateura just prior to the Paraguay release in August,” says Juliana Penaranda-Loftus, co-director and producer of the film. “It is extremely important for us as filmmakers to share this amazing film with the town, so they can see first hand how much their story has inspired us and the world. This screening will be very special and moving.”

The Cateura screening will mark the beginning of the Paraguay theatrical release that begins August 18, followed by the United States release starting in New York on September 9, at the Cinema Village and then September 23 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica Film Center and other Laemmle venues. After, the film will be released in theaters in 25 – 45 markets across the nation and Canada.

As a special event in the US, The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura will perform in New York City in coordination with the September theatrical premiere. LANDFILL HARMONIC will be available on VOD on Vimeo and DVD/BluRay after the theatrical release, and HBO will then broadcast it.

For more information and to see the trailer, go to:


Limited Theatrical Release Begins July 20

New York, NY, July 12, 2016 – He was the adored son of America’s most glamorous president, and now in the anniversary month of his tragic death comes an intimate, revealing and poignant look at his life in and out of the spotlight. Network Entertainment and Spike TV delve into the compelling life of John F. Kennedy Jr. through the distinctive lens of many of the people who knew him best, from A-list celebrities to close friends and staffers who worked closely with him at George magazine, in the original documentary film, “I AM JFK Jr.” on Monday, August 1 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

“I AM JFK Jr.” is Directed and Produced by award-winning director-producer Derik Murray (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) of Network Entertainment.

“I AM JFK JR. comes to Digital HD on August 2 followed by a DVD release on August 16. The film will be released on a limited basis in selected theatres beginning July 20 with Virgil Films and Emerging Pictures as the distributors.

The White House was the first home John knew. The son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy grew up in the public spotlight. When the world witnessed the moment the adorable 3-year-old JFK Jr. saluted his fallen father, the image was seared into the nation’s collective memory.

John F. Kennedy Jr. was considered by many to be “America’s Prince”. Despite living under the media microscope for his entire life, JFK Jr. forged his own successful career – from serving as the Assistant District Attorney of New York to launching the glossy political magazine, George. Featuring exclusive interviews from a wide array of friends and former colleagues, “I AM JFK Jr.” is an engrossing look at the person behind the tabloid fodder featuring untold stories that for the first time, will give viewers a true sense of the real JFK JR.

You’ve Been Trumped

Emerging Pictures, will be re-releasing You’ve Been Trumped, the acclaimed documentary about US- presidential candidate, Donald Trump, through its digital distribution network .

New York Magazine called YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED a “riveting expose”. The documentary captures
the cultural chasm between the glamorous, jet-setting and media savvy Donald Trump and a deeply
rooted Scottish community in his attempt to turn protected wilderness into a luxury resort and golf course.
What begins as an often amusing clash of world-views grows increasingly bitter and disturbing. Funny,
inspiring and heartbreaking in turns, YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED is both entertaining and a parable for
our celebrity driven times.

The documentary will be available across North America and Canada through the Emerging Pictures
Network and will utilize demand analysis tools along with integrated social marketing systems to
optimize exhibitor inventory utilization and maximize revenue across the network.

“Whether you support him or not, Donald Trump is everywhere these days,” said Ryan Markowitz, VP of
Distribution and Marketing. “This documentary gives insight into a project of his and how it was
conducted which is ever more important as he touts his business credentials as the mainstay of his
presidential bid.”

The TRUMP release will be powered by Emerging Pictures’ social media platform and
accompanying suite of tools that identify and amplify demand across the network in combination with
advanced audience targeting systems and ticketing engine. By visiting audiences
can request screenings in their market and engage with each other to see the film.

“By analyzing demand data across the exhibitor network, we’ve identified this documentary as an ideal
way to capitalize on the current social dialogue surrounding Trump’s campaign,” says Ryan Nadel,
Executive VP of Twenty Year Media. “It’s ever more important for communities to gather and engage in
the political conversation. Local movie theatres are a great place for this dialogue and You’ve Been
Trumped is the ideal movie to get that conversation started.”

New Titles for Sept

MR HOLMES, loved by critics and audiences alike headlines our latest line up which also features the hilarious and touching documentary MEET THE PATELS and quirky, heartfelt road movie THIS IS HAPPENING.

Halloween is also fast approaching which means it’s a good time to plan a horror series or event screening.

Partnership with Drafthouse Films

Emerging Pictures will work with Drafthouse Films to bring the visionary company’s unique selection of provocative and artfully unusual films to Emerging’s network of theatres across America.
Drafthouse Films has curated their library with the best in independent, genre and foreign films, award-winning documentaries, cult classic and undiscovered repertory gems. These include the radical, Oscar® Nominated documentary The Act of Killing by executive producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, Ari Folman’s sci-fi/fantasy epic The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel, Michel Gondry’s whimsical French romance Mood Indigo and the critically acclaimed romance-horror hybrid, Spring.

Emerging Pictures’ seamless digital delivery and audience analysis tools will facilitate the expansion of Drafthouse Films’ reach across hundreds of independent screens in all US markets. Drafthouse expands their reach for the goal of “sharing the movies they love with the widest audience possible,” a vision that fully resonates with Emerging Pictures.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Emerging Films to utilize their network and innovative theatrical distribution strategy,”

said Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Founder Tim League.

Emerging Pictures utilizes its digital delivery platform and exhibitor network to diversify film content throughout the US and gives under-the-radar films theatrical releases. Using social media tools and data-driven strategies, Emerging Pictures will be able to match Drafthouse’s cult-following films with audience demand, building and revitalizing film communities nationwide.

“We are thrilled to bring on Drafthouse’s eclectic mix of films to our library. Adding to our already rich catalogue of offerings, Emerging points itself towards the future with curators like Tim League. We will work together to grow their brand and maximize their films visibility and profitability,”

says Ryan Markowitz, VP of Distribution and Marketing at Emerging Pictures.

To launch this collaboration, Emerging Pictures will make several of Drafthouse Films’ critic favorites available to theatres including the 80s cult classic Roar starring Tippi Hedren and a young Melanie Griffith as a family living amongst lions, the multi-dimensional and mind-bending sci-fi film The Congress, celebrated rock documentaries A Band Called Death and 20,000 Days on Earth starring rock-icon Nick Cave and the dark comedy thriller, Cheap Thrills starring David Koechner, Pat Healy and Ethan Embry. Additional titles will be added throughout 2015.

For inquiries about Drafthouse Films, please contact: Ryan Fons or Brandy Fons

For inquiries about Emerging Pictures and booking requests please contact: Lee Shorten.
For full listing & promoted titles drafthouse-banner

New Titles for April

A new wave of midnight movies, powerful documentaries, and indie festival hits amplify our catalogue this April. Every month, we’ll also be spotlighting treasures from our film library.

False rumours of THE BIG LEBOWSKI 2 started to make the rounds (even fooling The Dude himself) earlier in the year, making it the perfect time to introduce younger fans to the original, “most worshipped comedy” of the 90s.

Contact us to book our latest offerings and modern classics at your earliest convenience.

New Titles for March

The newest additions to the Emerging Pictures catalog feature powerful character studies from all over the world. Explore these compelling new stories and contact us for more information and booking inquiries.

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy died on a Friday afternoon. The following Monday, 45,000 letters arrived at the White House from bereaved citizens, who had sat down after the assassination to share their grief, shock, outrage…

Within seven weeks, Jacqueline Kennedy had received over 800,000 letters.

To honor the 50th Anniversary of that momentous day, Emerging Pictures is proud to offer this very special event, a co-production of TLC, Amblin Television and The Couturié Company presented by Christy Scott Cashman, LETTERS TO JACKIE: REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY. Employing 20 remarkable letters read by an all-star cast and archival footage (including never-before-seen Kennedy home movies), LETTERS TO JACKIE brings history alive – history not from any books, but from ordinary people who felt compelled to write letters to Jackie Kennedy.

On Tuesday, September 17th LETTERS TO JACKIE will have its theatrical premiere at a special event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, featuring a post-screening panel that includes director Bill Couturié , Academy Award-winner (and a voice in the film) Chris Cooper, Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of the book on which the film is based, and four individuals whose letters to Jackie are featured in the film. Emerging Cinemas across the United States will be screening the film simultaneously and offering their audiences this resonant post-show discussion LIVE.

DATES AND LOCATIONS BELOW. Dates in red will include the live panel discussion from the JFK Presidential Library.

Oscar-nominee Kenneth Branagh joins Emerging audiences for the US premiere of “The Magic Flute”

Continuing our tradition of offering exclusive and interactive filmmaker Q&As to arthouses across the country, this June we’re bringing multiple Oscar-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh into Emerging affiliated theatres via live webcast to mark the U.S. theatrical premiere of his film The Magic Flute. This lost gem, which premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs, finally gets its overdue big-screen presentation stateside on Sunday, June 9th exclusively in participating Emerging locations. The premiere screening (1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT) will be followed by a live webcast conversation with the director, Kenneth Branagh. Through Twitter, audiences everywhere will be encouraged to send him questions in real time.

Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute has been brilliantly reimagined and adapted for the big-screen by Branagh and is set against the backdrop of World War I. Opening with a breathtaking single shot in the trenches at the onset of battle, The Magic Flute is a stunning visual achievement and a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema. The film also features a new libretto by well known English actor-writer-comedian Stephen Fry, with music arranged by James Conlon.

Kenneth Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, for which he’s received Oscar nominations for direction (Henry V) and screenwriting (Hamlet). He is also familiar to moviegoers through his onscreen performances and has been nominated for Best Actor (for Henry V) and more recently Best Supporting Actor for playing Lawrence Olivier in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams.

For a complete list of theatres presenting The Magic Flute check out the list below or visit the film’s page here. Locations offering the live virtual Q&A with Kenneth Branagh are noted with “LIVE Q&A“.
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