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Film Talk: The Source Family, with Co-director, Co-producer Jodi Wille

The Source Family's celebrity-hangout vegetarian restaurant, utopian commune, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood's Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and controversial spiritual leader Father Yod instigated local authorities, leading to their dramatic demise. Still, Yod’s spirit lives on. 

This true story, told largely through home movies and photographs maintained by archivist Isis Aquarian, one of Father Yod's 14 wives, with a soundtrack comprised entirely of original Source Family music--provides an unparalleled insider's view into the cult/commune phenomenon and wild social experimentation of the '70s, as well as a being a wholly unique California story. Directed and produced by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos (2012).

Jodi Wille is a filmmaker and book editor known for collaborating with individuals who have amassed archives that document American subcultures. She is Co-founder of book publishing companies Process Media and Dilettante Press. She has produced a number of award-winning books including The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, YaHoWha, and The Source Family, Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts!, Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971, and Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan, by amateur photographer Gary Lee Boas. Jodi has also worked as a still photographer, music video director, and television field producer. The Soure Family is her first feature film.

This film event is sponsored by FERA (Film and Education Research Academy) and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp via online support by Friday, April 26th.

Where: 306 Russell

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