In advance of the June 8 and 10 SIFF screening of The Source, Isis Aquarian (co-author of the book The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family) and Jodi Wille (co-director of the film) will appear at Wall of Sound Thurs. June 7 at 6 pm for a book/record signing and meet and greet.
The Source documents the wild, peaceful, and organic-cooking activities of spiritual guru Father Yod (aka Jim Baker) and his young followers, including the far-out band of psychedelic disciples, Ya Ho Wah 13. Drag City recently issued The Thought Adjusters, a double LP of previously unreleased jams by the Source Family's sonic sojourners.
Below is The Stranger Suggests blurb for the The Source film:
Hippies, a judo-killer bank robber who becomes a spiritual leader, people with names like Orbit Aquarian, celebrities—what’s not to like? The Source Family was an early-1970s Southern California commune that formed around Jim Baker, later known as Father Yod. He started a vegetarian organic restaurant on Sunset Boulevard that morphed into a community of attractive young people who saw Baker as their father. As this documentary notes, they transformed sex, drugs, and rock and roll into a genuine religious formation. (Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, thestranger.com/siff, 11:30 am, $8) GILLIAN ANDERSON