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By William Kirkley
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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.

Famous for their Orange Sunshine LSD and hiring the Weatherman to break their guru Timothy Leary out of prison, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love believed that they would achieve world peace and enlightenment through the use of marijuana and psychedelics.

Though the ensuing war on drugs ultimately forced the group to disband, their political ideas and goals would foreshadow California’s current drug policies in many ways.

What I find most fascinating about the project is this untold part of counterculture history - How it shaped Orange County and Southern California (yes, the real OC ;). Its influence on art, music, culture, surfing and politics. Orange Sunshine will take an unbiased look at a generation that radically changed the way we see the world.

We've been in production for nearly 4 years – Uncovering an abundance of personal photographs, home footage and police evidence as well as tracking down many people who seemed to have disappeared 40 years ago – some of whom are still on the run. We've shot a dozen interviews with key members of the Brotherhood and law-enforcement officials, none of whom have given on-camera interviews until this film.

The Brotherhood is also the subject of a recent LA Times Bestseller of the same name!

Here's your chance to help complete a great film and record an important part of unwritten history. In teaming with Kickstarter, our goal is to raise $30,000 which will cover our costs for production and travel for the remainder of our interviews and post production (of course, the more we can raise, the more we can put into the film!) for a 2011 finish date.

We’ve been able to put together some great products and incentives – items you’ll only be able to get through our Kickstarter initiative including your own “SMUGGLING PASSPORT" NOTEBOOK, LIMITED EDITION ORANGE VINYL 7" and a RAINBOW BRAND SURFBOARD shaped and signed by legendary Endless Summer surfer and Brotherhood friend Mike Hynson.

Help us raise $30,000 to finish our film!

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    THE LOCAL PACKAGE: The opportunity to make this awesome film a reality and the deepest gratitude from the filmmakers! In addition to this you will get THREE AWESOME ORANGE SUNSHINE BUTTONS AND AN ORANGE SUNSHINE STICKER! Nothing shows your support better and that you have good taste than these fashionable items!

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    THE GREETERS PACKAGE: You will receive a username/password for private access to the Orange Sunshine production website for special posts, updates and videos AND A FEW CHOICE CUTS VIA MP3 of the soundtrack!...And the Buttons and Sticker!

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    THE SMUGGLERS PACKAGE: In addition to unique access to updates and behind-the-scenes material, we will THANK YOU on our website AND YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE "THE SMUGGLERS PASSPORT" NOTEBOOK, a replica of one of our Brotherhood's fake passports used for smuggling from 1970 - made into an excellent 3.5"x4.9 notebook! (Outside the US please add $5 for S&H)

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    THE DODGE PACKAGE: You will receive your own username/password for the site, you will be listed on our Thank You's, "The Smugglers Passport" Notebook AND A SIGNED ORANGE SUNSHINE DVD when its complete! (Outside the US please add $5 for S&H)

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    THE ORANGE SUNSHINE PACKAGE: In addition to the username/password for unique behind the scenes access and listed on our Thank You's and "The Smugglers Passport" notebook and the signed DVD you will also receive A HAND NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION ORANGE SUNSHINE VINYL 7" RECORD (in Orange!) FEATURING A TRACK FROM THE INFAMOUS Brotherhood Laguna Christmas Concert in 1970 b/w a featured track from the film! (Outside the US please add $5 for S&H)

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    THE AFGHANI PACKAGE: In addition to the behind-the-scenes access, the Thank You on the website, the Smugglers Passport Notebook, the Signed DVD, and the Orange Sunshine Vinyl 7" You WILL ALSO RECEIVE A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED SCREENPRINTED MOVIE POSTER!

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    THE BROTHERHOOD PACKAGE: In addition to the behind-the-scenes access, the Thank You on the website, the Smugglers Passport Notebook, the Signed DVD, and the Orange Sunshine Vinyl 7", and the Signed Movie Poster, you will also receive AN INVITATION TO A SCREENING OF THE ROUGHCUT OF THE FILM PRIOR TO RELEASE where YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH THE FILMMAKERS (travel not included)! In addition to this, you will receive a handwritten Thank You note from the filmmakers!

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    THE THALIA STREET PACKAGE: In addition to all of the amazing things you will get including the Notebook, the Poster, the DVD, the 7", the Screening of the Roughcut and the handwritten Thank You, you will also receive a THANK YOU ON THE ROLLING CREDITS OF THE FILM AND THE PRODUCERS' FULL COLOR COFFEETABLE BOOK featuring photographs, documents and memorabilia from the film SIGNED BY THE FILMMAKERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BROTHERHOOD!

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    THE HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION: In addition to all of the amazing things you will get including the Notebook, the Poster, the DVD, the 7", the Screening of the Roughcut and the handwritten Thank You, the Rolling Credits Thank You and the Signed Coffeetable Book YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS CREDIT ON THE FILM (With an IMDB CREDIT!) AND 2 TICKETS TO THE CAST AND CREW SCREENING OF THE FILM (Travel not included)!

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    TOP OF THE WORLD PACKAGE: In addition to all of the amazing things you will get including the Notebook, the Poster, the DVD, the 7", the Screening of the Roughcut and the handwritten Thank You, the Cast and Crew Screening Tickets, The Book, The Associate Producers Credit, and The IMDB Credit YOU WILL ALSO BE TAKEN ON A GUIDED TOUR OF LAGUNA AS RELATED TO ORANGE SUNSHINE BY THE FILMMAKERS FOLLOWED BY DINNER! (Travel not included).

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    THE ENDLESS SUMMER PACKAGE: In addition to all of the above (the unique access, the Smugglers Passport Notebook, the Signed DVD, The 7", The Poster, The Book, The IMDB Credit, 2 Tickets to the Screening (Travel not included), Dinner with the filmmakers, YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A RAINBOW SURFBOARD SHAPED AND SIGNED BY MIKE HYNSON! (The surfer from Endless Summer and Brotherhood friend!).

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    THE FINANCIER'S PACKAGE: In addition to EVERYTHING listed above YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND A DAY FILMING WITH US! AND RECEIVE A PRODUCERS IMDB CREDIT ON THE FILM PLUS A TWO-NIGHT STAY AT THE CASA DEL CAMINO HOTEL IN LAGUNA (where the Brotherhood used to stay), A GUIDED TOUR OF LAGUNA FROM THE FILMMAKERS FOLLOWED BY DINNER, TWO TICKETS TO THE SCREENING PLUS TWO TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE OF THE FILM! (Travel not included) AND THE DEEPEST GRATITUDE.

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