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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton documentary at Facets Cinematheque

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Amazement awaits us at every corner. The only limits are, as always, those of vision.

Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite. Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.

Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness. I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.

If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.

Who is James Broughton?

The documentary 'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton' chronicles, for the first time, the groundbreaking influence and artistic achievements of pan-sexual poet/filmmaker James Broughton, one of the defining artistic voices of the sexual revolution. His groundbreaking celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960's and 70's to profoundly embrace life and "follow your own weird".

A charismatic figure, Broughton led a completely unconventional, countercultural existence. The directors of BIG JOY vividly follow the course of Broughton's deeply intertwined creative and personal lives through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides. Among them, figure movie critic Pauline Kael, choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin, filmmaker Sidney Peterson, theater actor and playwright Kermit Sheets, designer Suzanna Hart, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Eastern philosopher Alan Watts and film student protégé / longtime lover Joel Singer.

Co-directed by veteran journalist Stephen Silha, documentary filmmakers Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon. After world premiering at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and playing the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the film has played dozens of festivals around the world and garnered numerous awards.

Facets Cinematheque screenings:

Friday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Sunday., May 18, at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday., May 19-22, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Tickets: $9. general admission
free for Facets Members

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