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BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton – A Cabaret Screening

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton chronicles the idiosyncratic life and groundbreaking work of this influential poet and filmmaker. Like a gay, hippie version of Zelig, this Renaissance man lived many lives through many decades- a playwright in the post-war San Francisco arts scene, a filmmaking career in Europe that culminated in a special prize at Cannes and an academic life at SF Art Institute that fostered his experimental work of the 1970s and 1980s. "The Bed" with its…

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This performance piece by interdisciplinary multimedia artist, Jason Jenn, celebrates James Broughton. Jason Jenn creates works as performer, writer, visual artist, director, producer, designer, and video editor.  Jason is an avowed “Protean-of-many-trades” who enjoys combining various sensory delights (words, sounds, music, movement, video, and other visual forms) for stage, screen, and/or gallery exhibition. His work often reexamines familiar archetypes and themes of universal interest with a fresh, revelatory perspective. They aim to engage the mind as well as the heart,…

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Four of his groundbreaking Experimental films & Discussion with his Friends Called by some the Father of West Coast Experimental Film, James Broughton (1913-1999) made 23 experimental films, and wrote 23 books of poetry. Experience some of his films and discuss them with people who knew James. Testament (1974 - 20 min) is a whimsical look at Broughton’s life. He thought it might be his last film, but then he met Joel Singer The Water Circle (1975 - 3 min)…

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