Jodi Wille

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Jodi Wille is an American filmmaker, book publisher, and curator known for her work exploring American subcultures.

Filmmaking and Photography[edit]

Wille directed and produced The Source Family (2013), her first feature-length documentary, with Maria Demopoulos. The film premiered in competition at South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2012, sold out multiple major film festivals, and was released theatrically in 60 cities in May 2013.[1][2]

In 1994, R.E.M. gave Wille her first paid directing gig for their "Find the River" music video.[3] Signed to DNA (David Naylor & Associates), she directed a number of music videos in the mid-90s. Wille worked prior to that as assistant to music video and commercial director Samuel Bayer and later as assistant and development consultant to feature film director Roland Joffé.[4] Throughout the 90s, Wille also worked as a photographer, documenting alternative spiritual communities and visionary artists and working with musicians including Sparks (band), Vincent Gallo, Melissa Etheridge, and the Dwarves.

Wille is currently directing a feature documentary on The Unarius Academy of Science.[5]

Book Publishing[edit]

In 1998, Wille co-founded Dilettante Press with Steve Nalepa, Nick Rubenstein, and Hedi El Kholti, a publishing house with a focus on self-taught, visionary, and vernacular art and photography.[3] Dilettante published only three titles, but "their impact was considerable."[6] Dilettante produced exhibitions, symposiums, and parties related to their books in galleries and museums in multiple cities in the U.S. and in Europe.

In 2005, Wille founded Process Media with her then-partner (later, husband) Adam Parfrey of Feral House. The imprint focuses on non-fiction, literary memoirs, and illustrated books exploring subcultures and artists such as Andy Kaufman, Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, John Sinclair and MC5, Father Yod and Ya Ho Wha 13, and Moondog.[7] Process has also created a "Self-Reliance Series" of illustrated guide books that promote sustainable and self-sufficient living.


In 2000, Wille, Hedi El Kholti, and Cheryl Dunn co-curated the first exhibition of the work of amateur photographer Gary Lee Boas, "Starstruck: Photographs from Fan", at Deitch Projects.[8][9] This led to exhibitions at galleries and museums in the U.S. and throughout Europe including Galerie Kamel Mennour in Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and The Photographers' Gallery in London.

In 2013, Wille was named as Co-curator with Rebecca Alban Hoffberger of the American Visionary Art Museum exhibition The Visionary Experience: St. Francis to Finster, a 44-artist, 244-works exhibition which ran 2014-2015.[10]

Since 2014, Wille has curated several exhibitions of photographs, art, costumes, and ephemera produced by the extraterrestrial-channeling spiritual school Unarius Academy of Science, including a 2016 exhibition at the London arts venue The Horse Hospital,[11] works in The Visionary Experience exhibition at American Visionary Art Museum, a 2016 exhibition at The Standard Hotel Hollywood, and a room at the 2017 Basilisk exhibition at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles.[12][13]

Film Programming and Cultural Events[edit]

Over the years, Wille has programmed films and curated cultural events in several cities.[14][15][16] From 2007-2017, Wille served as a regular guest programmer at The Cinefamily cinematheque in Los Angeles, hosting the popular "Occult LA" series and other programs including an eclectic range of guests from Tom Laughlin, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Clifton, and Rocky Erickson to clairvoyants, white witches, and Bigfoot researchers, as well as live music, ritual performance, panels, and art exhibitions.[17][18][19][20][21]

In 2015, Wille presented a retrospective of the films of the Unarius Academy of Science at Cinefamily, which included a Unariun art and artifact exhibition and Unariun workshops.[22] This led to invitations to present Unarius films at the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival and the Horse Hospital arts center in London.[23][24]

Selected works[edit]

Documentary Film[edit]

The Source Family (2012, 98 mins.), Directed with Maria Demopoulos

We Are Not Alone (2016, 11 mins.)

Music videos (Selected Works)[edit]

Publishing and Editing (Selected Works)[edit]

  • 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! (Process Media) 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, (Process Media) Bronze: Best Popular Culture Book, 2008 Independent Book Awards
  • Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews, (Process Media) Winner: Best Book on Sexuality/Relationships, 2006 Independent Publisher Awards
  • Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan (Dilettante Press) included in Artforum's "Best of 2000" issue (Boas image on cover).
  • Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter, (Process Media) Finalist: Best Juvenile/Teen Young Adult Non-fiction, 2006 Independent Publisher Awards
  • The End is Near: Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia, (Dilettante Press) Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book, 1998


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  2. ^ "The Source Family". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Fiore, Kristin (23 June 1999). "The Outsiders". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Goodbye Lover (1998)". Retrieved 13 April 2018 – via
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  6. ^ Harvey, Doug (2 June 2005). "Feral Child". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ Reid, Calvin (September 12, 2005). "Love & Books in L.A.: Parfrey, Wille Start Process". Publishers Weekly. 252 (36): 8.
  8. ^ Johnson, Ken (February 18, 2000). "Art in Review; Gary Lee Boas 'Starstruck'". The New York Times. p. 44.
  9. ^ Gary Lee Boas Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan, Deitch Projects.
  10. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (6 November 2014). "Art review: 'The Visionary Experience'". Retrieved 13 April 2018 – via
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  12. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. "Aliens, abstraction and Thomas Kinkade: An L.A. exhibition summons the spiritual and the fantastical". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  13. ^ "We Are Not Alone: The Films of the Unarius Academy of Science". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  14. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (25 April 2013). "'The Source Family,' a Concert and Film". Retrieved 13 April 2018 – via
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  16. ^ "The Process Church of the Final Judgment Sabbath Assembly". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Andy Kaufman Tribute Review - At The Silent Movie Theater - Splash Magazines - Los Angeles". Splash Magazines - Los Angeles. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
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  20. ^ "Occult L.A. Presents: Bigfoot!". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  21. ^ Ryder, Caroline (17 August 2011). "Occult L.A.: Season of the Witch at Cinefamily Reveals L.A.'s Underground Magic Scene". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  22. ^ Olsen, Mark. "In session with the Unarius Academy of Science at Cinefamily". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
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  25. ^ S.T.A.R. (Self Taught Artist Resource) Collection and Daniel C. Prince Papers: 1960’s - 2002, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (also for the following).
  26. ^ DP: Terry Stacey, producer: Maria Demopoulos, production company: DNA (Billboard, 6/11/94).
  27. ^ DP: Robert Randall Moss, editor: Eric Zumbrunnen, production company: Fuzzyland Films/DNA.
  28. ^ DP: Robert Randall Moss, producer: Chris Kraft, production company: DNA.
  29. ^ Production company: DNA (Billboard, 7/8/95).
  30. ^ DP: Chris Meyer, editor: Chad Misner.

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