The Unarius Brotherhood is a fringe society whose tenets involve extraterrestrial intelligence, reincarnation and the channeling of interplanetary life forms. The denomination's ideology is so outlandish that one of its late founders, Ruth Norman, aka Archangel Uriel, opted to transmit her quirky cult's eccentric belief system nationwide via public-access cable television during the 1980s, using dazzling garments and showy backdrops to share messages concerning energy, karma and the imminent arrival of flying saucers on Earth. Jodi Wille, co-curator of "The Visionary Experience: St. Francis to Finster" at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore (and co-director of documentary The Source Family
), brings her knowledge of the unorthodox subculture to Cinefamily for a weekendlong, intensive "Welcome Space Brothers: The Films of the Unarius Brotherhood," which kicks off with live appearances by practicing Unariuns, along with a back-patio costume exhibit and a Tesla coil demo. It's followed by a sampling of Unarius' greatest moments on public-access TV, as well as the big-screen debut of The Arrival
(1979), a weird hybrid of documentary and sci-fi filmmaking. There's also a two-part Unarius-themed workshop series about past lives and clairvoyance. So bust out your crazy threads, climb into your airbrushed spaceship, and get ready for some out-of-this-world experiences with one of the most far-out faiths around. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove; Fri., May 30-Sun., June 1; screenings $12, free for members; workshops $10 (on-site donation only). (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Fri., May 30; Sat., May 31; Sun., June 1, 2014