A spirited documentary exploring the life of James Broughton, a pioneer of experimental cinema, visionary poet, and bard of Gay Liberation, Big Joy is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Broughton’s luminous life and personality. The filmmakers intersperse Broughton’s diaries, poems and experimental films, weaving an entertaining and complex tribute.
This 11-minute erection is shot with a camera developed to film the atomic bomb explosions in the South Pacific. Because of this, James Broughton considered this film his ultimate statement of "Make love not war." The film rings with James Broughton's poem, "Hermes Bird."
Broughton explains, "Hermes is the god of poets, doctors and thieves. He is also messenger of the gods and of the godbody in the phallus. I wished to honor this chakra of creation which is every man's pride, embarrassment and joy."