Orange Bright The Film

Black man flying.

The Film

ORANGE BRIGHT is short film based on the 2011 novella 'my ID' written by Riley S. Wilson. The book tells the story of a young man struggling to satisfy his obsession with flying. When he is young, he experiences flight. But as he grows older, through a working-class mother and a series of life experiences, he finds it hard to fulfill his dreams. So he goes on a quest to compensate for life's shortcomings.

The content of the film seeks to disempower the media narrative that Black men are like monolithic dangerous men, without feeling, desire and anomalous minds. Orange Bright beckons for a deeper look at the psyche of a young Black man and how he copes with a world he doesn't believe has his best interests. 

ORANGE BRIGHT is the product of a successful Kickstarter Campaign that garnered 16% more than its original goal--thanks to more than 175 backers and supporters. The production and cast were on set for 5 days to produce this 23-minute film. Orange Bright has since won two festival awards: NY Filmmakers Selection and IndieFest Award and Top 20 for the 2015 American Black Film Festivals' HBO Short Film Contest. 


The Writer/Director


South Carolina native, New York-based fiction writer and director, Riley S. Wilson has consistently focused on psychosexual development and the social human experience. This includes an early influence from Freudian psychology as seen in his 2011 novella “my ID” and, more recently, his award-winning short film “Orange Bright.”

Drawing upon inspirations from artists and writers like Stephen King, Langston Hughes, Sigmund Freud, Shel Silverstein and James Baldwin, Wilson applies a dramatized, pedagogic view of social constructs and concepts like love, fear, sexuality, destiny, and masculinity in his fiction writings. Particularly from the perspective of LGBTQ black and brown people, his tone is often philosophical. Wilson’s earlier fiction writings consisted of characters that battled a society that either did not understand or simply ignored their experience. As his practice grew so did his socio-political storylines, adding more currency to the stories.

Wilson currently serves as community editor of Colorlines, an online racial justice daily news site, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis. Wilson has helped lead the re-design of the web interface, create a video production arm, and a forthcoming weekly web series.

Riley S. Wilson received his BBA from Howard University in 2011. Shortly after pursuing writing instead of corporate America, he joined Advertising Age covering digital and agency. His film work has been screened at the Maysles Center in Harlem, New York, Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC and the Gramercy Art House in Los Angeles, California.