The Source Family

“The family [plays] a raging live show at a high school while Father Yod makes a hard pitch to the teens to join the cult. What high school principal signed off on this?” — Lars Nilsen, Badass Digest

Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 98 mins
Censor Rating: R13 - drug use, offensive language, sexual themes

Based on the book The Source by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian
Producers: Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos, Holly Becker, Amaryllis Knight
Photography: John Tanzer
Editors: Jennifer Harrington, Claire Didier
Music: The Source Family
Blu-ray

With: Father Yod, Isis Aquarian, Sunflower Aquarian, Robin Baker, Om-Ne Aquarian, Galaxy Aquarian, Electricity Aquarian, Harvest Moon Aquarian, Electra Aquarian

The Source Family were in many ways your typical 70s radical utopian experiment. They had their band, Ya Ho Wa 13, a throng of free-love advocates like Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian, and a miniature harem for their leader. They also had loads of expendable cash, a hip Sunset Strip eatery, a Hollywood mansion, a talent for psychedelic music, and, of course, a charismatic guru named Father Yod, a man with an unhippie-like past and a misogynistic streak. Directors Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos’ access to revelatory archival photos, home movies, audio recordings and interviews with founding members allows them raw intimacy – and an even-handed historical perspective. While it’s easy for audiences to stare slack-jawed at sequences such as Father Yod performing at a high school, and the cult’s slow unravelling, it’s not so easy to shake off how profoundly affected some members remain to this day. — Ant Timpson