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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary ‘Big Joy’ Follows the Pre-Beat, Pansexual Adventures of Artist James Broughton

Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Big Joy' Follows the Pre-Beat, Pansexual Adventures of Artist James Broughton

Check out this exclusive clip from Steven Silha and Eric Slade’s documentary “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton,” making its world premiere at SXSW on March 9. The film centers on pre-Beat filmmaker and poet Broughton, whose pansexual lifestyle in the midst of the post-war San Francisco Renaissance truly embodied his own credo: “Follow your own weird.”

Here’s more from the SXSW programming notes:

Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city
exploded with artistic expressions – painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its
center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. His remarkable story
spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat
generation, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, a lifetime of acclaim
for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body,
finding his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard
of sexual liberation.


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