Trippy new doc: 'The Source Family'
05:00 AM, Apr 16, 2013
Given its subject matter a strange, rock ‘n’ roll ’70s cult I expected The Source Family to be trippy.
Nevertheless, this documentary still managed to blow my mind.
Directed by Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille, The Source Family delves into a world I’d never even heard of before. It explores the “teachings” of spiritual leader Father Yod and the free-loving, health-conscious people who followed him.
While the basic story recalls Jim Jones’ tragic cult of the ’70s, this family had (thankfully) a more relaxed vibe. Led by the owner of several health food restaurants, family members spent their days wearing white gowns, playing in a psychedelic rock band and having loads of babies. (At one point, Father Yod had 13 wives.)
The movie includes fascinating footage and original Source Family recordings. (Billy Corgan says he’s a fan.) But perhaps the strangest parts of The Source Family are the interviews with former members. Despite Father Yod’s controlling ways, the majority of them look back on their commune days with fondness. Several still say they witnessed miracles while they were a part of it.
Here’s a trailer:
The Source Family opens May 1 in New York and screens in more than 30 cities after that. Here’s a list of upcoming screenings. Be sure to check with your local theater for any related events, as many cities also are hosting Q&As with former Source Family members.