Big Joy (2014)

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"Follow Your Own Weird" was the maxim by which James Broughton (1913-1999) lived each and every day. A pre-Beat-era poet, underground filmmaker, lover, gay man and artist who dared to live boldly and experiment wildly, Broughton is the subject of the documentary film, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. Whether as an out poet during the oppressive and anti-gay McCarthy era or as the bard of the modern gay rights movement, James' expansive life inspired thousands towards "Big Joy". (c) Official Facebook

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His life was larger than fiction.

Jun 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Even at its most on-the-nose, Big Joy serves the greater good of introducing viewers to its subject, whose voice rings clear throughout.

Mar 18, 2014 | Full Review…

"Big Joy," filmed with an irresistibly playful spirit, dances with words, film clips and images from a long and, it seems, mostly joyous life.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

A flavorful and affectionate documentary about a narcissist.

Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As spritely put together as its subject -- another winning aspect of this charming look at the life of a free spirit whose life and work are an important part of queer history.

Jun 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Even those who have no familiarity with Broughton should still find the movie fascinating. Broughton was a lover of life and embraced all means of expressing it.

May 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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