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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, USA 2013, 82’

"Ecstasy for all" demands James Broughton, a San Francisco experimental filmmaker, poet, queer activist and bohemian, who remains unfamiliar to the masses but who blazed the trail for the flower child revolution. Best known as the director of Bed, a funny short starring (unsurprisingly) a bed, filled with entwined naked bodies. Nudity, love, laughter, tough, sunshine: pure pleasure; those are precisely the pillars of Broughton’s philosophy, who believes you can attain spiritual enlightenment through carnal pleasure. Eric Slade’s and Stephen Silha’s film documents the drama-filled life of the prophet of the Age of Aquarius by presenting a man who follows his inner voice even when it leads his astray. Big Joy is equal part portrait of a remarkable personality as it is an apotheosis of pleasure.


Eric Slade, Stephen Silha

Stephen Silha is a freelance journalist and student of James Broughton, with whom he was in a relationship for 10 years. Present at this deathbed in 1999, Silha continues to preach his spiritual legacy.

Eric Slade is an independent producer and director, who has worked with PBS for many years.


Selected filmography

Stephen Silha

2013 Wielka radość: przygody Jamesa Broughtona / Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (dok. / doc.) 


Eric Slade

2002 Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay (dok. / doc.) 

2004 Bridging World History (serial tv / tv series)

2006-2009 History Detectives (serial tv / tv Series)

2013 Wielka radość: przygody Jamesa Broughtona / Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (dok. / doc.) 

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Cast & Crew

director Eric Slade, Stephen Silha
cinematography Ian Winkle, Art Adams
editing Dawn Logsdon, Kyung Lee
cast Laurence Ferlinghetti, Anna Halprin, George Kuchar, Jack Foley, Alex Gildzen
producer Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Max St. Romain
production Frisky Divinity Productions
sales Frisky Divinity Productions
language English
coloration colour
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