Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

83 min minutes

Part of a group of bohemian poets, philosophers, and dancers who made radical art, James Broughton was a poet, a pioneer of queer filmmaking, a teacher, and a free-spirited man who had a dynamic and amazing life, and who knew some of the most interesting people in the San Francisco art scene from the 1950s onward. His avant-garde films included dance, nudity, poetry, love, and all modes of sexuality. Big Joy includes excerpts from his poetry and films, documentation of him throughout his life, and interviews with people who knew him. A friend said of Broughton: “He was forever liberating people.” (GILLIAN ANDERSON)

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Film Credits
Eric Slade, Stephen Silha
SIFF 2013