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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton / Dreamwood

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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

dirs. Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Dawn Logsdon, US, 2013, DCP, 82 min.

Introduction by Stephen Silha

Big Joy is a portrait of Bay-Area poet and filmmaker James Broughton (1913-1999). Broughton was a transformative figure not just in cinema but in the postwar period of American arts and culture. As a key figure in the West Coast avant garde and beat movements, he intersected with the emerging counterculture movements of the era. Spiritually awakened and sexually liberated, Broughton was a fascinating and charismatic individual whose films are often exuberant celebrations of life and love. Featuring some of Broughton’s closest collaborators, friends and lovers including Pauline Kael, Anna Halprin, Sidney Peterson, Alan Watts, and partner and protegé Joel Singer.
Q&A with the Director after the documentary

followed by:


dir. James Broughton, US, 1972, 16mm, 45 min.

Dreamwood is James Broughton’s major work to date. It is a modern day spiritual odyssey in which a man is mysteriously compelled to leave his home and embark on a voyage to a strange and magical island. On the island he faces the most improbable and intense experiences of his life, ranging from total humiliation to a deep sense of oneness with the forces of life. Heroic in concept, subtle in execution, Dreamwood is a beautiful film by a true master of the medium.” – David Bienstock