William A. Kirkey World Premieres ORANGE SUNSHINE at SXSW

Published 02.25.2016

Washington Square Films is proud to announce the world premiere of ORANGE SUNSHINE, a documentary by William A. Kirkley, at the forthcoming SXSW Film Festival. The documentary premieres on Monday, March 14 at 11AM at the Stateside Theatre.

Orange Sunshine at SXSW

While the idea of the emergence of illegal drug trading in the 1960s may evoke thoughts of scandal and crime, Washington Square Films director William A. Kirkley uncovers the spiritual through-line behind Orange County-based The Brotherhood of Eternal Love in the feature-length documentary ORANGE SUNSHINE, debuting at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. The film is produced by Kirkley, with Executive Producer Mike Manser and Producers Debra Maniscalco and Andrew Fuller.

ORANGE SUNSHINE is a never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love—a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in Southern California that became the largest suppliers of psychedelic drugs in the world during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bonded by their dreams to fight social injustice and spread peace, this unlikely band of free-spirited idealists quickly transformed into a drug-smuggling empire and at the same time inadvertently invented the modern illegal drug trade.

At the head of the group and the heart of this story, is the husband and wife team, who made it their mission to change the world. Kirkley’s journey in discovering this narrative was a decade-long crusade, interviewing over 20 individuals before finally connecting with this couple that became an integral part of the story.

Notes Kirkley, “They were actually a tight group of incredibly young families and friends, who happened to have an outlook that was just completely at odds with their community at the time. And so, faced with that discordance, they came at it in a very democratic, entrepreneurial, individualist—just a very American way.”

The SXSW premiere will also include a 3D VR piece that will place viewers in a psychedelic 1960s experience, incorporating them into a high-stakes Hollywood drug trade before transporting them into a psychedelic desert retreat. “The Beginning” was created through game engine technology, creating an immersive atmosphere that allows viewers to personalize their own experience in the 3D environment. Masters of Shapes (Adam Amaral & Glenn Snyder) created the VR experience, which was also directed by Kirkley.