Variety calls the soundtrack for M.F.A. “vividly unnerving” while The Hollywood Reporter states: "The effects-rich score by composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli... puts us in her head during intense scenes and starts allowing scraps of dialogue that challenge the morality of her judge-jury-executioner agenda."
M.F.A. tells the story of Noelle, an art student who taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers walked free - all the while fueling a vivid thesis exhibition. "I was hungry for going on a journey with a character and playing a character that gets to go through a transformation," actress Francesca Eastwood explains.
Composers, Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli: “There are two prominent elements featured in the score for M.F.A. The first element is Francesca Eastwood’s phrases sampled from her dialogue. We played around with these phrases, treated them with various effects, processed and reversed them to create a “cacophony” of voices, a twisted inner dialogue in Noelle’s head. Noelle is changing, and so one word present throughout the whole score is “change”. You can find it almost in every cue, you don’t always hear it, but you subconsciously feel it.
Another element is breathing. We recorded short breaths, long breaths, anxious breaths, violent breaths, relaxed breaths, you name it! You’re surrounded by this texture of voices and breathing that becomes an integral part of the score. These elements are complimented by peculiar and twisted sonorities created with various synthesizers to reflect Noelle’s state of mind.”
M.F.A. is directed by Natalia Leite and written by Leah McKendrick and was Grand Jury Award nominee at 2017 SXSW.
released October 27, 2017
Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Executive Album Producers for Lakeshore Records: Skip Williamson and Brian McNelis
Director of A&R: Eric Craig
Art Director / A&R: John Bergin
Special Thanks: Lynn Hobensack and Don Smith