Director Jodi Wille is fascinated by fringe subcultures. Her 2012 documentary, “The Source Family,” encapsulated self-styled guru Father Yod’s questionably utopian community of the 1960s/’70s. For her next project, she’s exploring the Unarius Academy of Science, a spiritual group founded in the 1950s by Ruth and Ernest Norman with some very interesting ideas about aliens and enlightened healing.
Following the death of her husband in 1973, Ruth aka Archangel Uriel purchased 67 acres of land in the mountains near San Diego. This plot of land was to be a landing site for the Space Brothers, emissaries from the Intergalactic Confederation bound for Earth. Over the next two decades, followers of the Unarius Academy spread their “inter-dimensional science of life” and past-life therapy via zany, no-budget, public-access TV programming.
Tonight, Wille will share some of her favorite videos uncovered while researching the documentary, as well as screen “The Decline and Destruction of the Orion Empire: Religious Deception and Spiritual Truth,” a 1980 psychodrama directed by Archangel Uriel. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Wille and several Unariuns.