James Broughton’s advice, “Follow your own Weird,” animates this documentary, which shows how the little-known queer filmmaker and poet fought against the grain of dominant culture to live authentically. BIG JOY explores the creative, dynamic, bold, and persistent journey of the artist’s life, which Broughton lived. It’s a love story, weaving the quirky, bizarre, sexual, and charming–all with a sprinkle of spirituality.
-GUS VAN SANT
ABOUT THE FILM
BIG JOY takes you on a journey through the life and works of the exquisite poet, filmmaker, lover, innovator, and role model James Broughton. James’ story shows what it means to be yourself, how making art can keep you from losing hope, and how you can find true love – and yourself – at age 62, or any age. Big Joy: the Adventures of James Broughton provides a humorous antidote to the cynicism and materialism of our age.
Led by journalist and futurist Stephen Silha, who had a mentorship relationship with Broughton for the last 10 of his 85 years, the Big Joy Project brings together the skills of many artists and media-makers who have been influenced by Broughton.
Award-winning filmmaker Eric Slade is the film’s # 1 co-director. He is especially known for creating the documentary “Hope Along the Wind,” portraying the life of gay rights pioneer Harry Hay. Dawn Logsdon edited and co-directed the film.