Competition Documentary Features
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
DIRECTED BY ERIC SLADE, STEPHEN SILHA, AND DAWN LOGSDON
USA, 2013, 82 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE/2ND US SHOWING
Long before Ginsberg and The Beats arrived, San Francisco boasted a vibrant bohemian arts scene. Smack in the middle was poet/filmmaker James Broughton, blurring the lines between gay, straight, profound and silly, crafting a mantra—Follow your own weird—which he embodied for decades. Broughton’s film The Bed embraced energetic, almost wholesome full-frontal nudity, breaking new ground in U.S. cinema and censorship. But this porno had a premise: the spiritual and sexual were not in conflict—in fact, they were one and the same. And humor was part of it too! This was more than art; it was a mindset that helped earn Broughton the nickname Big Joy. Though saluted as the “father of West Coast experimental cinema,” his personality was more like a gay, hippie trickster seeking to squeeze every bit of fun out of life. Packed with Broughton’s quirky poetry and provocative films, BIG JOY serves as a fascinating remembrance of a creative life well-lived and perhaps a roadmap of how to discover joy in our own lives.
DIRECTED BY HENRY JOOST AND ARIEL SCHULMAN
USA, 2012, 5.5 MIN
John Baldessari is a famous conceptual artist. John Baldessari refuses to make boring art. John Baldessari requests that Tom Waits narrate this film.