Illuminating the story of pioneering poet/filmmaker who inspired others to break boundaries, explore contradiction & live poetically. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 15, 2012.
About this project
Join the journey to Big Joy!
We want your help to tell the spectacular story of James Broughton, a man whose life and words promise to inspire thousands more to do what he did so well: Follow Your Own Weird.
James Broughton (1913-1999) was a pre-Beat-era poet, pioneer underground filmmaker, lover, gay man and artist who dared to live boldly and experiment wildly. Broughton is the subject of our nearly complete documentary film, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. We're in the final stretch of the film and we need your help to finish it.
The money raised here will be used to pay for archival footage, sound mix, color correction, adding music, and bringing James' poems and journals to life through animation. All of these finishing touches are essential to truly bring the magical brilliance of James' life into the documentary.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton explores Broughton's complex path, where “Adventure - not predicament” is one of life’s maxims, and where nursery rhymes and fantastical images pave the way into the mystical, serious and truly profound. It chronicles his life, his art, his rather unconventional choices (such as marrying a much younger man later in life) and his ceaseless ability to follow his own artistic weird. All told, he made 23 films and published 23 books of poetry.
James' groundbreaking cinema work won him the 1989 American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Experimental Film. His famous 1967 experimental film "The Bed," had to be edited in a porn studio because of full frontal nudity (see our trailer for the juicy details). Later, in 1979, James shot an 11-minute film of an erection using the camera originally designed to document the Manhattan Project. Talk about 'Make Love Not War'.
Film and poetry weren't the only ways James manifested art and beauty into being. He was a charter member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a queer service organization, giving to the community for many years as Sister Sermonetta. James was also an early bard of the Radical Faeries, a counter-cultural movement that redefined queer identity through spirituality. Throughout his life, in every way he could, James acted as a spokesman for Big Joy.
You can see our trailer here.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton is nearing completion. In our last Kickstarter campaign, your generous support helped us finish the interviews for the film. Now, with your help, we can finish this incredible work.
This is it.
This is It
and I am It
and You are It
and so is That
and He is It
and She is It
and It is It
and That is That
O it is This
and it is Thus
and it is Them
and it is Us
and it is Now
and Here It is
and Here We are
so This is It
-- James Broughton
Thank you for helping us bring James Broughton's Big Joy to the world!
Rewards Note: The estimated delivery date is for the dvd, other prizes such as t-shirts, poetry subscription, video poem will be delivered in August 2012 (well before the June 2013 date).
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Pledge $1 or more
Receive subscription to the quarterly Big Joy E-NewsletterEstimated delivery:
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E-Newsletter subscription + set of 4 Broughton quote post cardsEstimated delivery:
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E-Newsletter subscription + DVD of the Big Joy documentaryEstimated delivery:
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E-Newsletter subscription + DVD + “When in doubt, twirl” T-shirtEstimated delivery:
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E-Newsletter subscription + signed DVD + “When in doubt, twirl” T-shirt + One month snail mail poetry subscription (includes 5-6 colorful Broughton poems or quotes sent to you via snail mail over a 1 month period)Estimated delivery:
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E-Newsletter subscription + signed DVD + “When in doubt, twirl” T-shirt + One month snail mail poetry subscription (see above) + personalized video poem thank you created in your honor and posted on our websiteEstimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
E-Newsletter subscription + signed DVD + “When in doubt, twirl” T-shirt + One month snail mail poetry subscription (see above) + personalized video poem (see above) + Facets DVD set of Broughton’s most celebrated original films
celebrated original filmsEstimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Gain unique insights into James's life by sitting down with the filmmaker(s) + an invitation to one of our premiere galas + E-Newsletter subscription + signed dvd + “When in doubt, twirl” T-shirt + One month snail mail poetry subscription (see above) + personalized video poem (see above) + Facets DVD setEstimated delivery:
- (30 days)