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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Big Joy' Follows the Pre-Beat, Pansexual Adventures of Artist James Broughton

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 5, 2013 at 1:29PM

Check out this exclusive clip from Steven Silha and Eric Slade's documentary "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton," making its world premiere at SXSW on March 9. The film centers on pre-Beat filmmaker and poet Broughton, whose pansexual lifestyle...
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'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton'
'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton'

Check out this exclusive clip from Steven Silha and Eric Slade's documentary "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton," making its world premiere at SXSW on March 9. The film centers on pre-Beat filmmaker and poet Broughton, whose pansexual lifestyle in the midst of the post-war San Francisco Renaissance truly embodied his own credo: "Follow your own weird."

Here's more from the SXSW programming notes:

Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions – painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat generation, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, a lifetime of acclaim for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body, finding his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.



This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Video, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.