WILLIAM A. KIRKLEY is a Los Angeles native. At a young age developed a deep interest in filmmaking, graphic design, and photography. His formative years were spent making documentaries and music videos in Los Angeles and New York. Kirkley has recently premiered his sophomore documentary feature, ORANGE SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF ETERNAL LOVE at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. The film depicts an infamous group of Laguna Beach based surfers and hippies, who were the largest distributors of marijuana, hash and LSD in the world during the 1960s. Accompanying the film, William directed the virtual reality experience ORIGINS, which places the viewer into a virtual acid trip using live action and photo realistic 3D for the HTC Vive. The film has won multiple Best Documentary awards and has received rave reviews from Variety, Rolling Stone and Wired Magazine. The film is finishing it’s festival run at the San Sebastian Film Festival and BFI London.
William’s previous documentary feature EXCAVATING TAYLOR MEAD premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005 and was included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial. Art Forum Magazine named EXCAVATING TAYLOR MEAD as one of the top films of the year. The film follows the Warhol Superstar and Beat poet Taylor Mead and is narrated by Steve Buscemi, and features Jim Jarmusch, Paul Morrissey, Jack White, and RZA.
Kirkley enjoys all facets of filmmaking, including shooting, editing, and incorporating design elements in post-production. His commercial work for clients like Amazon, PetCo, Heineken, Reebok, SOS Children’s Villages, and Chevrolet, has a documentary style and a focus on real people.