It's been such a pleasure having the opportunity to revisit and feature some of Ornana’s most innovative stories on film over the past couple of weeks. From "(notes) on biology" to "A Different Kind of Movement", this mix of both touchingly real live-action and imaginatively animated adventures have proven what we all already know to be true: there are simply no boundaries to the groups' abilities to make a damn good film. Another case in point: Ornana's 2013 fully live-action feature, "Euphonia". The premise? Simple. The storytelling path it takes to get there? Anything but. At only 53-minutes, this low budget mini-feature follows the story of a teenager (Will Madden) with a curious, unhealthy obsession with recording sounds...to the point where the entire world around him becomes totally new, altered and strange. It's not just a film you should look forward to watching. This is a film you should look forward to hearing. An absolute must watch in the team’s catalog of success, "Euphonia" is like a coming of age story, only through the lens of the relationship between a boy and his recorder.
Even though this SXSW gem has already being on the market for free (via Vimeo) for a few years now, "Euphonia" still has close to 100% relevancy in terms of its place within a constantly changing analog and digital landscape. Things move quickly these days, but the relationship between humans, technology and the world around them still fosters a sense of young naivety to it at times. This is why Madden’s teenage role is so effective. One of the film’s most obvious traits is that it does a great (and underhandedly terrifying) job of showing the results of a man-made synthesis of technology and the physical world around us. Nature, sound, auditory perception, the whole shebang, is constantly being both discovered and experimented with throughout the story. And this is all down to the out-of-this-world sound mix and narrative subtlety on display. The way the film smoothly integrates the actual digital recordings into the mix is also brilliant and refreshing to the ears.
At just under an hour, a short running time makes sure this experimentally aural journey is easily digested. And don’t let the live-action stamp fool you. "Euphonia" carries the same amount of edge as any of Ornana’s surreal animations - possibly even more. It does everything within a real world we can vaguely recognize but not fully understand. Choosing to release it for free, the gang's POV on self-distribution is right on brand with Indie Street and makes this film an even more treasured addition to our roster. We are proud to have the chance to present this release for, not just your viewing pleasure, but your hearing pleasure as well. Pull out some quality headphones and get ready to truly teach your ears the exact power of sound!
You can watch "Euphonia" for free, now on Indie Street!