The Source Family: Opening in 25+ Cities May 2013 w/ Special Premiere Events in NY, LA & SF




Los Angeles, CA (April 5, 2013) – Drag City Film Distribution expands 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, and announces special premiere events happening in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. Directors Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulous have organized a series of special events in various cities: bands will form to play original Source Family music, renowned chefs will prepare and serve original Source recipes, original Source Family members will lead workshops teaching rituals and meditations, and various Source Family members will be present for Q&As following screenings. A detailed list of all of these events is below, along with a list of all of the cities where THE SOURCE FAMILY will be playing throughout May and June. More cities are being added.


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. These personal accounts, along with interviews with outsiders, make up the experiences told in THE SOURCE FAMILY. 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 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. This treasure trove of interviews and never-before-seen home movies, photographs, and original music 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.


<p><a href=”″>The Source Family (Trailer)</a> from <a href=”″>Eternal Now</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


THE SOURCE FAMILY will premiere in theaters in 25+ cities beginning May 1st.

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Sun. 4/28 – Source Family Immersion: Dinner with The Source Family @ Temple M, Harlem, 7pm

(private residence, tickets will be sold through brown paper tickets and address sent to participants only, link to come soon)

  • Dinner party with original Source restaurant recipes in a converted church by chef Anne Apparu and Dave Nuss
  • Special guests Isis Aquarian (family archivist, one of Father Yod’s wives and associate producer of the film) and Electricity Aquarian, who will lead a meditation ritual exercise
  • Original Source Family music performed by Dave Nuss (No Neck Blues Band, Sabbath Assembly), Matt Sweeney, Sophia Knapp, Spencer Yeh, Rachel Mason, Damon McMahon and Amen Dunes, Gordon Roecker, and the improv group Georgia.

Mon. 4/29 – An Evening of Source Family Film Rarities @ Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn

  • Rare films and public access clips from Source Family archives with Isis Aquarian (family documentarian, one of Father’s 13 wives, associate producer), Electricity Aquarian, and directors Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille

Tue. 4/30 – Source Family Immersion @ Body Actualized Center, Brooklyn

  • 5 pm: “Playshop” with Electricity Aquarian teaching the basic white magic rituals and “keys” from the Source Family.
  • 7 pm: Source Family pop-up restaurant by chef Anne Apparu ($12)
  • Soundtrack listening party as dinner is served
  • 9 pm: Special live Source Family-inspired musical performance with surprise guests

Wed. 5/1 – THE SOURCE FAMILY National Theatrical Premiere @ IFC Center, West Village

  • Q&A with directors Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille and Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian
  • Original recipe Source Family cheesecake by chef Anne Apparu served in concessions.



Wed. 5/2 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere (Food/Show/Party) @ The Roxie (produced by The Roxie, Bold Italic, and Folk Yeah)

  • Q&A with Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille, Isis Aquarian, and Galaxy Aquarian
  • Post-screening Source food served by Bold Italic and musical performance by Source Family tribute band at The Chapel including musicians: Michael Beach, Adam Camilleri and Peter Warden (all of Electric Jellyfish), Noel von Harmonson (Comets on Fire/Sic Alps), Andy Carlton (Carlton Melton), and Utrillo Kushner (Comets on Fire/Colossal Yes)

Thurs. 5/3 THE SOURCE FAMILY screening and special Rarities after-film screening @ The Roxie

  • Post-screening special presentation of ultra-rare home movies and public access clips from Source Family archives with Isis Aquarian, Electricity Aquarian, and Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille


Thu. 5/3 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere @ SIFF Uptown Theatre

  • Post-screening Q&A with original Source Family members Makushla (Father Yod’s “Mother Angel), Omne Aquarian (Family astrologer, family photographer), Rain Aquarian (Thoughtful Israel) and One Aquarian (Won Israel)


Thu. 5/9 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere @ Standard Hotel, West Hollywood (produced by Cinefamily/Cinespia)

  • 350-seat premiere on the pool deck of the Standard Hotel, across the street from the original Source restaurant
  • Group white magic ritual with Source Family members and fans in the parking lot before the event
  • Special menu of original Source Family recipes offered by The Standard Hotel
  • About 40 original Source Family members will be in attendance
  • Post-screening Q&A with Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille and Isis Aquarian
  • After party features original Source Family music performed by Guy Blakeslee (Entrance Band) and featuring Will Scott (Wolfmother), Mira Bolette (White Magic), plus a special performance by Ann Magnuson

Fri. 5/10 – Thu. 5/16 – THE SOURCE FAMILY One-Week Run @ Cinefamily

  • Special appearances and Q&As throughout the week by Isis Aquarian, Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille, and Source Family members
  • Pop-up restaurant at the Cinefamily featuring original Source restaurant recipes prepared by chef Anne Apparu
  • 5/10 is “Family Night” – Source Family members to attend and connect with the public
  • Ritual and meditation workshops led by Source Family members during the week
  • Local filmmakers’ shorts and music videos will be presented prior to the film on several nights

Fri. 5/10 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere @ Texas Theater

  • Post-screening Q&A with original Source Family members Joshua, Summer and Wave Aquarian


Fri. 5/17 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere @ Hollywood Theater

  • Post-screening Q&A with original Source Family members Aquarius Aquarian and Cosmos Aquarian (now known as Dr. Mark)


Fri. 5/17 – THE SOURCE FAMILY Premiere @ The Film Bar

  • Post-screening Q&A with original Source Family members Ahom (Father Yod’s first wife and family musician)

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 FAMILYthen 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.



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