The Source Family Opening Night

Special opening night presentation, including director Q&A, live music and more.

Special opening night event includes:

  • a screening of the new documentary The Source Family
  • Drag City will be selling records in the lobby
  • live Q&A with co-director Maria Demopoulos
  • SOURCIN — a live band of Chicago-area musicians consisting of members of CAVE, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Ga’an, and Velcro Lewis — will play a set of Ya Ho Wa 13 covers/improvisations. Band members include Cooper Crain, Steve Krakow, Nick Myers, Seth Sher and Rob Frye, fronted by the great Velcro Lewis!


Tickets are $9.25

The Source Family

directed by Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille in English

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. Years later, former family members surface and the rock band reforms, revealing how their time with Father Yod shaped their lives in the most unexpected ways. THE SOURCE FAMILY provides an intimate, insiders’ view at this incredible group of people through their own archival photos, home movies, audio recordings, and contemporary interviews with members of the family.

These personal accounts, along with interviews with outsiders, make up the interviews in the film. However, the story is largely cinematic, expressed through the use of the group’s extensive film and audio archive maintained by Isis Aquarian, one of Father’s wives, Family documentarian, and a central character in the documentary (as well as being associate producer).

The film’s soundtrack is composed entirely of original Source Family music produced from 1971-1975.

One of the most detailed looks at the inner workings of an American cult ever assembled. —Ian Buckwalter

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