2016 film Orange Sunshine is set in the early-60's when a group of family, friends and surfers out of sleepy, coastal Orange County, CA formed a church centered around psychedelics. The group was known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and their mission was to change the world. Featuring interviews with founding members, including heads of the group Michael Randall and Carol Griggs who have never shared their story before, the film offers a rare insider look into the provocative group, following them through their radicalization from idealist students to outlaws. Using photos and Super 8 recreations, Orange Sunshine whisks viewers away on a drug smuggling tale like no other.
The film's original score was captured by recording artist and composer Matt Costa. His first full-length score, Costa's songs have appeared in films like The Wave I Ride, Curious George, Arctic Tale and I Love You, Man. "The songs on the Orange Sunshine soundtrack mostly try and capture a West Coast feel during the late 60's," Costa states. "Working with a vast palette; nylon strings, fuzz guitars, jazz tunes, with eastern influences, and odd time signatures, I was able to lay the foundation for the sounds of the film."
During the scoring process, director William Kirkley kept reiterating the outlaw factor for the drug pioneers the film centers around. Costa remembers, "At certain times, I would stray from the West Coast landscape, infusing elements reminiscent of early Townes Van Zandt, a sound that I used to capture the drug induced outlaws," but his best course of action when scoring was to start from the beginning. "When I officially started to score the film, I went from the top, where the main character levitates after taking a high dose of LSD." This, in many ways, sets the tonal palette of the film bringing this story to life for the audience.