Drag City Film Distribution announces the theatrical run of THE SOURCE FAMILY (previously titled The Source), the feature length documentary directed by Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille about Father Yod and The Source Family’s radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. The Source Family’s outlandish lifestyle, popular celebrity hangout restaurant, 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. Yod was a visionary health food restaurateur, war hero, and judo champion who had thirteen wives and fronted the now legendary psych band Ya Ho Wa 13. The family fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise. Years later, family members surface and the rock band reforms, revealing how the experience shaped their lives in the most unexpected ways. This treasure trove of interviews with never-before-seen home movies, photographs, and original music created by The Source Family themselves, provides an unparalleled insider’s view into the cult/commune phenomenon and wildly outside-the-box social experimentation of the early ’70s – as well as a being a wholly unique California story.
THE SOURCE FAMILY will premiere in theaters in 20 cities beginning May 1st. More cities will be announced in the coming weeks.
New York, NY – opens Wed. May 1 @ IFC Center
San Francisco, CA – opens Fri. May 3 @ Roxie Cinema
Seattle, WA – opens Fri. May 3 @ SIFF Cinema Uptown
Los Angeles, CA – opens Fri. May 10 @ Cinefamily
Dallas, TX – runs Fri. May 10-Sun. May 12 @ Texas Theatre
Philadelphia, PA – plays Sat. May 11 @ International House Philadelphia
Ft. Collins, CO – runs Wed. May 15 & Thu. May 16 @ Lyric Cinema Café
Columbia, MO – runs Wed. May 15 & Thu. May 16 @ Ragtag Cinema
Portland, OR – opens Fri. May 17 @ Hollywood Theatre
San Jose, CA – opens Fri. May 17 @ Camera 3 Downtown
Santa Fe, NM – opens Fri. May 17 @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Tulsa, OK – opens Fri. May 17 @ Circle Cinema
Miami, FL – opens Fri. May 17 @ O Cinema
Bellingham, WA – opens Fri. May 17 @ Pickford Film Center
Nashville, TN – opens Fri. May 17 @ Belcourt Theatre
Nevada City, CA – runs Fri. May 17-Sun. May 19 @ Nevada Theater
Phoenix, AZ – runs Fri. May 17-Sun. May 19 @ Film Bar
Austin, TX – runs Sat. May 18-Sun. May 19 @ Alamo Drafthouse – Ritz
Denver, CO – opens Fri. May 31 @ SIE FilmCenter
Cleveland OH – plays Wed. June 5 @ Cleveland Museum of Art
THE SOURCE FAMILY is inspired by the cult-classic book The Source: The Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and The Source Family written by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian and edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2007). It received extensive praise in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, PAPER, NPR, and LA Weekly.
THE SOURCE FAMILY, then titled The Source, was selected to world-premiere as one of eight documentary feature films in competition at SXSW 2012 and has played numerous festivals since, including sold-out screenings at SXSW, Silverdocs, Hot Docs Doc Soup, San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Seattle Film Festival. Other festivals and special screenings include the True/False Boon Dawdle and Burning Man.