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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Directed by Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, and Dawn Logsdon; introduced by Stephen Silha

“James Broughton’s epitaph says about all you need to know about him: ‘Adventure—not predicament.’” —SXSW Review

A lively documentary celebrates the 100th anniversary of poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton (1913–1999), a central figure in San Francisco’s art world who played a role in creating the indie film scene that flourishes today. The entertaining collage of animated bits and excerpts from Broughton’s diaries, poems, and experimental films includes interviews with various people who knew him best, including his wife, son, long-time male lover, and former Film in the Cities director Sally Dixon. 2013, DCP, 82 minutes.

Co-director Stephen Silha will introduce the film at this event.

Preceded by a new print of Broughton’s The Bed (1968, 16mm, 20 minutes).

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Funding

Major support to preserve, digitize and present the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

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