This weekend Cinefamily in Los Angeles is screening the films of The Unarius Academy of Science. The 3-day event is co-presented by Jodi Wille, director of The Source Family documentary, and co-founder of Process Media, the independent publishing house featured in issue no.5 of Paris-LA Magazine, along with Feral House. This is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not only to see these amazing films and videos, but to interact with members of the Unarius Brotherhood, and see a special exhibition of books, photographs, and ephemera on view behind the theater!
I first found out about Unarius when I stumbled upon their amazing book, A Pictorial Tour of Unarius. The cover features their leader, Uriel, a white haired grandma figure dressed up in an incredibly elaborate, colorful shimmering dress with planets and the fiery sun adorned to it. She was a clairvoyant who believed in past lives, aliens and UFOs. She started The Unarius Academy of Science with her husband in the late 1970s. She passed away in 1993, but the brotherhood continues on, just outside of San Diego, California.
The members of the Unarius Brotherhood were insanely creative, and for decades they have hosted a cable access television program like no other, featuring their psychedelic process-oriented psychodramas. The handmade costumes are colorful and elaborate, and the sets are made out of plastic and glass objects, fake flowers, Christmas lights, toys, etc. The stories are unscripted and are created as the actors and filmmakers go along. Themes of lost civilizations, interplanetary travel, aliens, and reincarnation are common. These films are a must see!
Last night before the opening event, The Space Cad rolled up in front of the theater. A sight to behold!
Jodi Wille and Cinefamily Head Programer Hadrian Belove introduced the opening event last night, dressed in original Unarius costumes. They did a Q+A with members of the Unarius Brotherhood, some of whom were involved in the filmmaking process.
After the screening and Q+A, Cinefamily served up UFO cookies and the Unarius exhibition was on view outside behind the theater.