Big Joy Project

Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions – painting, theatre, film, poetry. And at its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. 
 The new documentary Big Joy: the Adventures of James Broughton explores Broughton’s life and art where he weaves the quirky, bizarre, sexual and charming - all with a sprinkle of spirituality. His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, his special film prize at Cannes, his consorting with the Beats, making films celebrating the human body, meeting his soulmate at age 61, becoming a bard of Gay liberation, and dying a conscious death. Discover James Broughton, and Big Joy: http://www.bigjoy.org/

Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions – painting, theatre, film, poetry. And at its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton.


The new documentary Big Joy: the Adventures of James Broughton explores Broughton’s life and art where he weaves the quirky, bizarre, sexual and charming - all with a sprinkle of spirituality. His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, his special film prize at Cannes, his consorting with the Beats, making films celebrating the human body, meeting his soulmate at age 61, becoming a bard of Gay liberation, and dying a conscious death.

Discover James Broughton, and Big Joy: http://www.bigjoy.org/


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