The Fascinating ’80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult

This love-filled collective and its compelling leader had quite the creative output.

Ruth Norman, a.k.a. Archangel Uriel, and some Unariuns dressed up for a psychodrama.

In the early ‘80s, American channel surfers began to encounter some pretty out-there public-access programming from a California collective known as Unarius. Led by a woman named Ruth Norman, a warm and maternal figure who appeared on-screen dressed in a variety of fluffy, sparkly, over-the-top costumes, the videos were known by their creators as psychodramas. The narratives often included aliens, UFOs, and historical settings, and the performers appeared to be making up their lines as they went along.

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