• Ends Thursday


    Dir. Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille, USA, 2013, 91 min., NR, DCP
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    The Source Family was a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip—but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise. THE SOURCE FAMILY provides an intimate insiders’ view of this incredible group of people through their own archival photos, home movies, audio recordings and contemporary interviews. Serving as a highly personal guide to the counter-culture movement of the early 70s, the film is inspired by the cult-classic book The Source: The Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family (Process Media) written by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian and edited by director Jodi Wille.

    “Compiled from the extensive photo, film and audio collection of Family archivist Isis the Aquarian — including you-gotta-hear-this recordings of Ya Ho Wa 13, the Family's legendary free-psych house band — The Source Family…captures the humanity, the conflict and confusion, that pushes lost souls to embrace the machinations of a self-anointed prophet — in this case, a former "America's strongest boy," judo champion and confessed killer.” – Sean Maloney, Nashville Scene