Every Ghost Has an Orchestra (2017) [Oceanside International Film Festival 2017]

A paranormal researcher and music composer goes to a barn to find the Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) in the old wood as he believes objects have memories of sounds from their past.

The film about researcher and compositor Michael Esposito is directed by Shayna Connelly, the film shows Esposito as the star at the center of the subject.  He is shown as a prominent figure in the field while no others are interviewed.  This renders the exploration of the subject a bit thin and one dimensional.  Having no other experts corroborate his information or his research makes it less credible as it’s all from one point of view with no supporting evidence or opinions.  This doesn’t mean the film is not interesting, but as a documentary short, using other experts would have helped it be more powerful and feel like the makers did more research.

The film, as is, is about Michael Esposito and his interest in EVPs located in things like wood and other natural materials.  It shows how he believes he can find it in there and how he wants to record sounds to be remembered through the materials.  The way the film is shot looks good and does keep the attention for the 7 minutes and 4 seconds of its run time.  The film’s look, through cinematography by Seth Ekberg and additional cinematography by Alan Dembek, helps with this interest as it’s inviting and warm.  The images look good and create an interest in what is being shown.

The music by Michael Esposito is interesting in how it fits with what he talks about and it gives depth to the subject in an odd way as the whole film is about EVP and how Esposito wants to add sounds to items as an audio memory of sort to create something for future generations, of people who believe in these like he does, to find.

Esposito’s film will be of interest to those with a love or interest in the spirit worlds and the supernatural.  His questioning of what comes after death and how one will be remembered is the central point of the film, something all are at least curious about.  The film touches on these subjects but don’t really give any information or evidence to convince anyone of what Esposito believes in.  Those with an interest in the subject should love this.