Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of the documentary film "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton" for North American distribution. The sale includes educational, digital, TV and home video rights.
Kino Lorber’s subsidiary label Alive Mind is planning a multi-tiered release this summer that includes a release across select digital platforms, DVD, and outreach to the educational market via Kino Lorber Edu.
The film’s Frisky Divinity Productions is planning a limited theatrical release this summer in key markets.
"Big Joy" premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and then played over thirty-five festivals worldwide.
Co-directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, and Dawn Logsdon, Big Joy is the first documentary about longtime Bay Area poet and filmmaker James Broughton, a defining artistic voice of the 1960's and 1970's sexual and artistic revolution.
The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, Kino Lorber Senior Vice-President, and Stephen Silha, film’s co-director and founder of Frisky Divinity Productions.
“Big Joy is an exquisite documentary with universal appeal, critical acclaim, and a dedicated grass-roots audience that the filmmakers have carefully built over a year of successful festival screenings," Sheldon said. "It’s the perfect fit for our hybrid distribution model, and we look forward to collaborating with Stephen Silha and his team across our many release platforms.”
"Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton" opens theatrically in New York City March 21 at Anthology Film Archives. Additional summer theatrical dates will be announced shortly.
Source: Kino Lorber / Matt Johnstone Publicity