Big Joy Reviews

  • Mar 20, 2014

    An infectious romp of a bio.

    An infectious romp of a bio.

  • Mar 20, 2014

    Watched this at the Woods Hole Film Festival, and really appreciated the intelligent editing. A pretty important story, told in an interesting way. Recommended!

    Watched this at the Woods Hole Film Festival, and really appreciated the intelligent editing. A pretty important story, told in an interesting way. Recommended!

  • Dec 13, 2013

    Who is James Broughton? James Broughton is a poet and poetic filmmaker that time has inexplicably forgotten. And yet, as this wonderful documentary shows, not only is his work delightful but also characteristically unique in its imaginative, often quirky and funny but always deep and personal. On top of that, he was also quite a fascinating character whose infectiously positive attitude is faithfully represented in this equally infectiously entertaining film. Big Joy, in fact, is one of those rare instances where a traditionally structured biographical documentary seems to truly and wholly connect with its character through an imaginative visual approach and a deep understanding of its subject's joie-de-vivre as well as his internal struggles. Furthermore, it presents a particularly intimate portrayal of his own journey of discovery in his coping with his homosexuality from its painful awakening to his full acceptance and celebration of his idea of universal love and sexuality. Intervies with his close friends and relatives, use footage from his films, lots of great stills from the time and priceless access to pages of his own personal journal allow us to get real close to the late artist. But what is perhaps even more remarkable, is the chance that Big Joy by Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logson offers Broughton to inspire a new generation of followers and artists, much like he did when he was alive.

    Who is James Broughton? James Broughton is a poet and poetic filmmaker that time has inexplicably forgotten. And yet, as this wonderful documentary shows, not only is his work delightful but also characteristically unique in its imaginative, often quirky and funny but always deep and personal. On top of that, he was also quite a fascinating character whose infectiously positive attitude is faithfully represented in this equally infectiously entertaining film. Big Joy, in fact, is one of those rare instances where a traditionally structured biographical documentary seems to truly and wholly connect with its character through an imaginative visual approach and a deep understanding of its subject's joie-de-vivre as well as his internal struggles. Furthermore, it presents a particularly intimate portrayal of his own journey of discovery in his coping with his homosexuality from its painful awakening to his full acceptance and celebration of his idea of universal love and sexuality. Intervies with his close friends and relatives, use footage from his films, lots of great stills from the time and priceless access to pages of his own personal journal allow us to get real close to the late artist. But what is perhaps even more remarkable, is the chance that Big Joy by Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logson offers Broughton to inspire a new generation of followers and artists, much like he did when he was alive.

  • May 12, 2013

    An interesting doc about an interesting artist of many mediums and all of them magical, whimsical and a little weird.

    An interesting doc about an interesting artist of many mediums and all of them magical, whimsical and a little weird.

  • Apr 24, 2013

    A great movie about how being completely true to yourself comes with a price. And though it may be steep, it's the most important investment you must make in life.

    A great movie about how being completely true to yourself comes with a price. And though it may be steep, it's the most important investment you must make in life.

  • Mar 11, 2013

    A movie about following your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised as a bio-pic about groundbreaking poet and filmmaker James Broughton

    A movie about following your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised as a bio-pic about groundbreaking poet and filmmaker James Broughton