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by Bryce J. Renninger
(November 18, 2010)
Logline: "Orange Sunshine" is a feature-length documentary film on
the Brotherhood of Eternal Love: A small group of surfers and outlaws
who became the largest distributors of LSD and hash in the world in
the mid-to-late sixties.
Production team: Writer/Director/Producer: William A Kirkley;
Cinematographer/Producer: Rudiger Barth;
Animation/Graphics/Additional Editing: Chris Friend; Asst.
Editor/Web: Austin Butler
About the film: "What first drew me into this tale of these outlaw
surfers was the many stories and reputations surrounding the group,
and the fact that their impact was so large in my hometown of
Southern California…And that I had never heard of them. Known as the
Brotherhood of Eternal Love, this Sixties era group started as a
dozen guys wanting to change the world through LSD and ended up as
many as 750 members moving tons of Hash and Cocaine and inventing the
modern illegal drug trade. Rolling Stone magazine later dubbed them
the Hippie Mafia.
"Stories of fake surf film shoots with boards stuffed with Hash.
Stories of trading thousands of pairs of Levi's with Sri Lankan
natives for tons of marijuana. Stories of paying the Weathermen and
Black Panthers to break their leader Tim Leary out of prison…The
Brotherhood's tale reads like a chronological cultural reflection of
the Sixties movement. Music, surf culture, art and lifestyle, the
Brotherhood may not have been known on a national scale but their
influence can be seen touching many Sixties and Seventies icons. As
you can imagine, many of these Brotherhood members didn't want to be
found. Most felons, some have reinvented their lives and have started
families and new careers absent of their past. But most others have
remained true to their youthful ideals and live an extension of their
younger lives. And even some remained on the run. One of the most
challenging forces on this film has been tracking these Brotherhood
members down and convincing them to do an on-camera interviews. Its
taken nearly four years of building up relationships and trust and
we've managed to have a pretty high success rate."William A Kirkley
Current status: The team is in the middle of production, planning to
be completed in the summer of 2011.
For more information and to support the film: Visit the film's
As with all Kickstarter projects, the filmmakers will only receive
donated funds if they reach their target goal of $30,000 by the end
of the campaign on December 15.