The Source Family

The Source Family

Editor’s note: The Source Family is now in limited release, so go ahead and get hip to Kate’s SXSW review of the film, originally published on March 14, 2012. While some people might chuckle at being informed that they are a part of a group of “specially chosen people,” there will always be a few that perk up with such words, whose eyes go wide, and who are eager to get on board with like-minded people. You know, like cult members. Co-directors Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos chronicle just such a cult and just such a people in The Source Family, a documentary about the group of people known as the Source Family who, thanks to their leader Jim Baker, “transformed sex, drugs, and rock n roll” into a genuine movement (at least in their eyes). The film documents Baker and the Source’s rise to (relative) power and prominence in seventies-era Los Angeles. Baker got his roots in the city through his profession as a restaurateur and, after opening a number of eateries; he finally came up with The Source Restaurant – one of the first health food restaurants in the country. Baker’s restaurant served as ground zero for health nuts, wayward children, and movie stars and, combined with Baker’s well-known charisma, it was the perfect breeding ground for a cult with a readymade leader.

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