'Big Joy' returns to cinemas with summer tour


The documentary Big Joy: The Adventure of James Broughton is returning to theatres this summer in select engagements around the country. Stephen Silha and Eric Slade’s film recently debuted on DVD and VOD via Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind label.

The film chronicles the influence and artistic achievements of experimental poet/filmmaker James Broughton. One of the defining artistic voices of the sexual revolution, his celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960s and 70s.

The doc features interviews and appearances by Broughton's friends, lovers, collaborators, and those influenced by him, including Pauline Kael (an early lover with whom he had a daughter), Jonas Mekas, Robert Haller, Jean Cocteau, Harry Hay, Stan Brakhage, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Armistead Maupin, George Kuchar, and his longtime partner Joel Singer.

The summer tour commenced on May 16 with a week-long engagement at Facets Cinemateque in Chicago and includes the following dates:
* Los Angeles, June 10, 8 pm, at West Hollywood Library
* Los Angeles, June 12, 7:30 pm, American Cinematheque Spielberg Theatre
* New York, June 18, 7 pm, New York Public Library (reception at 6 pm)
* Seattle, June 19, 7 pm, Gay City Calamus Auditorium
* Dallas, June 27, 9:20 pm, Texas Theatre
* Austin, August 27, Austin Film Society Screening Room

Additional dates will be announced soon.