SAN FRANCISO – The makers of the documentary “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” are reaching out to movie lovers for help to finish post-production.
Kyle DeVries and the “Big Joy” team notified SDGLN about the Kickstarter campaign that concludes in five days with the goal of raising $22,000 to finish the documentary. As of Tuesday morning, more than $12,000 had been pledged.
“We're in the final push of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for post-production for a documentary about the amazing queer artist James Broughton, a man who pushed boundaries continuously throughout his life in his pursuit of bringing ‘Big Joy’ into the world,” DeVries said.
“James Broughton (1913-1999) was a pre-Beat-era poet, pioneer underground filmmaker, lover, gay man and artist who dared to live boldly and experiment wildly. His work in film earned him the 1989 American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Experimental Film,” he said.
Stephen Silha met Broughton in 1989 and was present at his death in 1999. He says he was inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, thus is making this documentary. On the Kickstarter site, Silha writes why this project is so important to the LGBT community:
“Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” explores Broughton's complex path, where “Adventure - not predicament” is one of life’s maxims, and where nursery rhymes and fantastical images pave the way into the mystical, serious and truly profound. It chronicles his life, his art, his rather unconventional choices (such as marrying a much younger man later in life) and his ceaseless ability to follow his own artistic weird. All told, he made 23 films and published 23 books of poetry.
James' groundbreaking cinema work won him the 1989 American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Experimental Film. His famous 1967 experimental film "The Bed," had to be edited in a porn studio because of full frontal nudity (see our trailer for the juicy details). Later, in 1979, James shot an 11-minute film of an erection using the camera originally designed to document the Manhattan Project. Talk about 'Make Love Not War'.
Film and poetry weren't the only ways James manifested art and beauty into being. He was a charter member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a queer service organization, giving to the community for many years as Sister Sermonetta. James was also an early bard of the Radical Faeries, a counter-cultural movement that redefined queer identity through spirituality. Throughout his life, in every way he could, James acted as a spokesman for Big Joy.
Watch the trailer
Warning: This video is for adults and includes male and female nudity.
Message from the filmmakers