Jodi Wille is a filmmaker, book editor, and photographer known for collaborating with individuals who have amassed personal archives that document American subcultures. She is the co-founder and editor of Process Media and Dilettante Press.
Book publishing and editing
In 1998, Wille co-founded (with Steve Nalepa, Nick Rubenstein, and Hedi El Kholti) Dilettante Press, a publishing house with a focus on outsider, visionary, and vernacular art and photography. Wille conceptualized and co-edited (with El Kholti) the book Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan by amateur photographer Gary Lee Boas, which is featured in Martin Parr’s History of Photography II as one of the 200 most important photography books of the last 30 years.
In 2005, Wille and Adam Parfrey of Feral House founded Process Media, with an emphasis on non-fiction books that explore American subcultures and document groundbreaking musicians such as Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, John Sinclair and MC5, Ya Ho Wa 13 and Father Yod, and Moondog. Process has also created a "Self-Reliance Series" of illustrated guide books that promote sustainable and self-sufficient living.
- The End is Near: Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia by Roger Manley, edited by Jodi Wille. Essays by Stephen Jay Gould, the Dalai Lama, Adam Parfrey, and Howard Finster. (Dilettante Press/Process Media, 1998).
- 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/Process Media, 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 1961-1971by Leon Kagarise. Essays by Eddie Dean and Robert Gordon (Process Media, 2008).
- 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, Selected by Artforum as "Best of 2000"
- 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
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 to 50 markets nationally in May 2013 through Drag City Distribution.
Wille has also worked as a commercial and documentary photographer, music video director, and television field producer. She spent five years documenting a Los Angeles sect known as "The Universal World Church" and in 2001 directed a Christmas special for the church called "God Bless America."
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