Join us for a special 20-minute preview of the new documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (as shown at IFP Film Week), screened with the James Broughton short film “Testament” and never-before-seen footage of Armistead Maupin & Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading poetry by James Broughton.
“TESTAMENT is James Broughton’s exquisite self-portrait. A major figure in avant-garde filmmaking and poetry since the 1940s, Broughton views his life and life’s work with irony, charm, humor, and a combination of joyous self-love and gentle self-depreciation. A plethora of rich personal symbols is woven throughout the film, tied together by verbal games, Zen poems, anecdotes, songs, a child’s prayer, dreams, and visions.” – Karen Cooper
Featuring Live Poetry Performances by
Joe Conscious with Jack & Adelle Foley
Emceed by Sister Merry Peter
In honor of Sister Sermonetta
Big Joy Executive Producers Al Baum + Jok Church + Howard Roffman + Stephen Silha with Desiree Buford, Frameline Film Festival Director of Exhibition & Programming.
“Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” is a documentary about embracing your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised as an inspiring biopic about pioneering San Francisco experimental filmmaker and poet James Broughton (1913-1999). This Renaissance man won a special prize at Cannes, breaking new ground in U.S. cinema and paving the way for today’s vibrant multimedia video culture. This film will inspire you to “Follow Your Own Weird” and live a transcendent life filled with “Adventure, Not Predicament!” There will be a request for donations at this one-night-only special event.
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MORE INFO: Call 415-430-7327 or Visit www.bigjoy.org
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Big Joy Project
Big Joy Project aims to inspire people to "follow their own weird" by sharing the life story of James Broughton.