If you’re looking to get immersed in something, you might consider playing a game or joining a cult. These selections are ordered on a river’s scale: from being chained to the bottom with the waterline just above the eyes, down to just toeing in ankles deep.
Children of God: Lost and Found (2007) is directed by former childhood cult member Noah Thomson. David “Moses” Berg was the leader of the Children of God Cult. The lifestyle and doctrines he prescribes feel very extreme, especially considering the strong accusations of child abuse that have been lodged against them. Children of God: Lost and Found is fascinating in a very disturbing way.
The Source Family (2012) is directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos. California entrepreneur-turned-vegetarian guru Father Yod started the Source Family Cult around the early 1970s. The entertaining documentary chronicles the organic beginnings to its eventual demise, with lots of authentic footage. The film includes their infamous music production, which is a tasty bonus.
The Institute (2012) is directed by Spencer McCall. San Francisco was the home for a live interactive game in which people were coaxed into seeking mode, and prompted to go deeper within their obsession. Say no more.