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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

United States | 2013 | Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logsdon

The life and work of West Coast poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton (1913-1999) is celebrated in this new documentary. A bisexual who fathered the only child of legendary film critic Pauline Kael, Broughton was a sensualist with a huge appetite for life—well seen in his sunny, sexy 1967 16mm short The Bed. But he made other films as well, beginning in the pre-Beat Era 1940s and continuing into the 1980s. Throughout his colorful life, he lived by the motto “follow your own weird” and encouraged others to do the same.

Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 82 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.

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