POP Thursday: The Source Family

Release Date: 
July 22, 2013

Take a strange and beautiful trip inside the ultimate ‘70s love cult
Exclusive Screening of THE SOURCE FAMILY
August 8, 2013


(San Diego, Calif.)  – The Museum of Photographic Arts will host the exclusive San Diego screening of The Source Family, a captivating documentary about the iconic 1970s spiritual cult, on August 8, 2013. The event is a special presentation of the POP Thursdays series and includes an outdoor reception followed by the film screening and Q&A.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., guests will celebrate in the spirit of the 1970s California commune on the lawns of the San Diego Botanical Building. The outdoor reception will include a custom vegetarian dinner menu created by Andrew Schiff, Owner and Executive Chef of Spread, that features original recipes from the Source Restaurant. The master mixologists of Alchemy will be tending the hosted bar. Guests can lounge among pillows and blankets and groove to live music for a bohemian, ‘70s style picnic dining experience.

After the reception, guests will walk to MOPA’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs’ Theatre for a screening of The Source Family.  Afterwards, there will be a Q&A with film director Jodi Wille and Andrea Previn, an original member of the Source family.

About the Film

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(2013, 98 minutes) 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. Serving as a highly personal, insider’s guide to the counter-culture movement of the early 70’s, the film is inspired by the cult-classic book The Source: The Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family (Process Media) which was written by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian and edited by director Jodi Wille.

Event details

Dinner reception begins at 6:00 pm, with the film screening at 8:00 p.m. and Q&A to follow. Admission is $26 for MOPA members and $36 for the general public. This all-inclusive ticket includes access to the reception and dinner by Spread, hosted bar, live music, and admission to the film and Q&A. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased at www.mopa.org/source-family.

Press Opportunities: To request high-resolution images, film trailer, interviews, additional information or to request press passes, please contact Danny Cappiello at 619.238.7559 X203 or via email (cappiello@MOPA.org).

MOPA Information: MOPA is a center for visual learning, passionately dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of photography, film and video. Learn more at MOPA.org.