Jodi Wille is a filmmaker, book editor, photographer, and curator known for her work exploring American subcultures.
Filmmaking and Photography
Wille is Director (with Maria Demopoulos) of The Source Family feature-length documentary, based on the story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and the Source Family. The Source Family was released theatrically in 60 cities in May 2013 through Drag City Distribution.
Wille has also worked as a documentary and commercial photographer, music video director, and television field producer. For years she attended services of and documented the Los Angeles sect known as "The Universal World Church" and in 2001 directed a Christmas special for the church titled "God Bless America."
Book publishing and curating
In 1998, Wille co-founded (with Steve Nalepa, Nick Rubenstein, and Hedi El Kholti) Dilettante Press, a publishing house with a focus on self-taught, intuitive, and vernacular art and photography. Wille conceptualized and edited (with El Kholti) the book Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan by amateur photographer Gary Lee Boas, featured in Martin Parr’s History of Photography II as one of the 200 most important photography books of the last 30 years.
In 2000, Wille, El Kholti, and Cheryl Dunn co-curated the first exhibition of Boas' work, "Starstruck: Photographs from Fan", at Deitch Projects, which led to exhibitions at major galleries and museums in the U.S. and in Europe, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The Photographers' Gallery in London.
In 2005, Wille and Adam Parfrey of Feral House founded Process Media, with an emphasis on non-fiction and illustrated books that explore American subcultures and document groundbreaking musicians and visionaries such as Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, John Sinclair and MC5, Ya Ho Wa 13 and Father Yod, Moondog, and Andy Kaufman. Process has also created a "Self-Reliance Series" of illustrated guide books that promote sustainable and self-sufficient living.
- Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan by Gary Lee Boas. Foreword by Michael Musto. Afterword by Carlo McCormick. Edited by Jodi Wille, Photo Editor: Hedi El Kholti (Dilettante Press, 2000).
- Gary Lee Boas: New York Sex 1979-1985. Essay by Bruce Hainley, edited by Hedi El Kholti and Jodi Wille (text editor). (Editions Kamel Mennour, 2003).
- Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter by Jolene Siana, edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2005).
- Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews by Timothy Archibald, edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2005).
- The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian. Introduction by Erik Davis. Edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2007).
- Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives 1961-1971 by Leon Kagarise. Essays by Eddie Dean and Robert Gordon, edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2008).
- Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall by Louis Sahagun, edited by Jodi Wille (Process Media, 2008).
- Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! by Lynne Margullies, edited by Jodi Wille and Lissi Erwin (Process Media, 2009).
- Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! Gold Medal, Best Popular Culture Book, 2010 Independent Book Awards
- The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and the Source Family, Bronze: Best Popular Culture Book, 2008 Independent Book Awards
- Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews, Winner: Best Book on Sexuality/Relationships, 2006 Independent Publisher Awards
- Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan included in Artforum's "Best of 2000" issue (with a Gary Lee Boas image on the magazine cover).
- Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter, Finalist: Best Juvenile/Teen Young Adult Non-fiction, 2006 Independent Publisher Awards
- The End is Near: Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia, Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book, 1998
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jodi Wille.|
- THE SOURCE FAMILY documentary website
- Filmmaker Magazine interview with Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos
- LA Times: THE SOURCE FAMILY Comes Home to Hollywood, On Its Own Terms
- The New York Times Article on THE SOURCE FAMILY
- "Bring Your Own Doc" video interview with Ondi Timoner, Jodi Wille, and Maria Demopoulos
- Process Media
- Publishers Weekly Article on Process and Feral House