Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton



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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:82
Director:Eric Slade
Stephen Silha
Dawn Logsdon
Producer:Stephen Silha
Eric Slade
Max St. Romain
Cinematographer:Ian Hinkle
Art Adams
Editor:Dawn Logsdon
Kyung Lee
Cast:Anna Halprin. Armistead Maupin
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Pauline Kael
Jack Foley
Neeli Cherkovski
Print Source:Frisky Divinity Productions


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MVFF’s very first tributee in 1978, experimental filmmaker/poet and embodiment of mid-century Bay Area bohemia James Broughton is a beloved figure in Mill Valley lore (he shot his polysexual romp, The Bed, here). A longtime Marin County denizen, Broughton’s inexhaustible creativity and romantic escapades made for an action-packed and rewarding life, playfully recounted in Stephen Silha, Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon’s joyous documentary. Hailing from Modesto, Broughton escaped into San Francisco’s underground scene, kicked off poetry readings, directed award-winning films, had a child with Pauline Kael, gallivanted with the Radical Faeries and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and paired up for decades with a hunky beau some 35 years his junior. “When in doubt, twirl,” Broughton was fond of saying. Celebrating his ebullient spirit are Armistead Maupin, Anna Halprin and other luminaries whose lives were brightened by the great gay Renaissance man of NoCal counterculture.

—Steven Jenkins


Additional Information

Stephen Silha is a freelance writer, filmmaker, facilitator, and futurist. Born in Minneapolis, he began writing for newspapers in the suburban fifth grade, and went on to report for The Minneapolis Star and The Christian Science Monitor. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton is his first feature documentary.

Eric Slade is an independent director and producer based in Portland, Oregon, where he was born and raised. Eric graduated from Emerson College in 1981 and spent 15 years in San Francisco (with an amazing group of documentary filmmakers) before returning to his native city of Portland.

Dawn Logsdon, editor, co-director, has been working on documentaries about social justice and history for over 15 years.