Presented By:William A. Kirkley
The 1960s and '70s counterculture revolution has been a very deep well subject-wise for documentary filmmakers to draw from. Just when you think that every fascinating topic of the period has been covered, director William Kirkley comes along with the exhilarating Orange Sunshine!
10 years in the making, Orange Sunshine is an exhaustive account of the Brotherhood of Eternal
Love, an Orange County-based group of friends who coalesced around the early '60s surfing scene. The group shared the belief that an enlightened spiritual outlook on life brought about by the use of psychedelics could touch off a worldwide spiritual revolution. Guided by the notion that if everyone “turned on” the world would be a better place, they made it their mission to provide as much good LSD (their signature version dubbed Orange Sunshine) as they could to the world. From humble self-taught beginnings out of their own communal house, the group went on to infamy as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LSD (at one point capable of manufacturing over 100 million doses) as well as one of the biggest suppliers of hashish. During their quest for better living through psychedelics, this group of family-minded, peace-loving, gentle friends became experienced smugglers, drug manufacturers, and traffickers, eventually finding themselves among the most wanted outlaws in the country.
Packed with painstaking period recreation footage, archival materials, and exciting contemporary interviews with the members of the Brotherhood, retired law-enforcement officials, and the group’s lawyer, Orange Sunshine follows these acid apostles on a wildly fun trip (pun intended) through one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. (J. Scott Braid)Director Bio
William A. Kirkley's first film, Excavating Taylor Mead, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was called "One of the top 10 films to see in 2005" by Artforum. It was later included in that year's Whitney Biennial. Orange Sunshine is his second feature-length documentary. William currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.