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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even at its most on-the-nose, Big Joy serves the greater good of introducing viewers to its subject, whose voice rings clear throughout."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
"Completely engrossing, rich and humane documentary about the life of a too-little known pioneer in life and art."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
""Big Joy," filmed with an irresistibly playful spirit, dances with words, film clips and images from a long and, it seems, mostly joyous life."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A film that not only makes the case of its subject's talent but, even more importantly, is itself an expression of joy that James Broughton would love."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Film Threat
"Best when offering immensely pleasurable readings of the poet's verses. But the fawning male-centric focus is too conveniently dismissive about his discarded women and offspring. Including eminent critic Pauline Kael, reduced to a cameo irritant here."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"...directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade celebrate Broughton's life and work, and in particular his embrace of sexuality"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
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