“A lot of people just know about the cults that did bad stuff — Jim Jones, the Manson Family,” Demopoulos explains. “The Source Family is almost like a utopian group. They were really just trying to do something different.” Led by the charismatic Father Yod (aka Jim Baker), the Family ran a successful health-food restaurant, a revolutionary psych band and a unique social experiment in communal living, all while rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite of the day. Original footage shot by Family members themselves is paired with interviews with those who were there, both inside and outside the Family, to tell a riveting story that proves once and for all that truth really is stranger than fiction.
The Source Family opens for a week-long run tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $8 to $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For more information, including showtimes, visit denverfilm.org.
Fri., May 31, 2013