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Southbury Film Commission

Documentary Series


The Southbury Film Commission (SFC) will present “Landfill Harmonic” as part of its documentary series, Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in Room 205 at Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South.

The current films in the SFC’s three part, documentary series will focus on music and will feature three award-winning feature-length films.

The first film, “Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.

Admission is free but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please visit www.southbury-ct.org/SFCregistration or telephone the SFC at (203) 262-6213.

 

Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town.

The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. This film has won numerous best documentary feature awards and has been shown in film festivals all over the globe.

Following the film, there will be a 20-30 minute panel discussion comprised of local business owners and educators sharing their experiences and knowledge on the film’s subject matter.

Stephanie Biello started playing piano at the age of seven. She now holds a Master of Music Degree from SUNY Purchase College in Studio Composition and a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in Music Education. While studying at WCSU, her instrumental focus was classical piano. It was there that she studied under the studio of Dr Russel Hirshfield. Along with her private piano lessons and performances, she also privately studied music composition with Dr Kevin Isaacs. Stephanie is an experienced performer, piano instructor, composer, arranger, and a founder and co-owner of The Southbury Music Studio. She has been teaching piano, music theory and composition privately since 2004. In addition to teaching and running The Southbury Music Studio, Stephanie performs regularly with her cover band; No Big Deal. She also actively writes and performs original compositions.
Alex Faulkner holds a bachelors degree in Music with a concentration in Guitar Performance from Western Connecticut State University. He has been a performing musician since the age of 13, and has professionally studied jazz, rock, and classical music. Alex has taught private music lessons full-time throughout Western CT since 2002, and he is a founder and co-owner of The Southbury Music Studio. In addition to teaching, he has also been actively performing with multiple ensembles covering many diverse musical styles during that time.
Greg Haynes is a percussion artist and composer/producer who has just recently moved into the Connecticut/New York metro area.  His recent documentary film scores include those for “Wish You Were Here - The Robert C. Bishop Story” and “Wildness,” a web series produced by the Center for Humans & Nature.  Haynes's work as a percussionist was featured in the score for “The Only Good Indian,” screened at the 2009 Sundance film festival.  He is currently scoring a documentary about Tenderfoot Mountain in Gunnison, Colorado, scheduled for release in 2018.  Haynes’s compositions have been featured in various music festivals including the 2014 ISM Percussion Festival in Santa Fe, Argentina, and the 2015 Electronic Music Midwest festival in Kansas City.  Haynes serves on the music faculty at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2009.
Violinist Stephan Tieszen has a Bachelors from the Mannes College of Music, a Masters from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music. He studied violin with Mischa Mischakoff, Guila Bustabo, Sally Thomas, Sidney Harth, and Gabriel Banat. Dr. Tieszen teaches violin and chamber music at Mannes College of Music and the Tabor Community Arts Center in Branford CT, and orchestral violin classes at the Meadowmount School of Music in Elizabethtown, NY. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and Fairfield University. He has been Concertmaster of the Norwalk, Meriden, Bridgeport and New Britain Symphonies, and he is currently the Concertmaster of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, and the Principal Second Violin of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

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