Big Joy Digital Collection

Born in Modesto, California in 1913, poet and filmmaker James Broughton wrote 23 books and produced 23 films throughout his life. Part of the creative San Francisco scene from the 1940s to 1980s, he is considered by many to be the father of West Coast experimental filmmaking. Broughton taught artistic ritual at San Francisco University and San Francisco Art Institute, and developed a great following among his students. One of those students, Joel Singer, became Broughton's muse, and remained his soulmate, husband, and creative partner from 1975 to the end of his life in 1999.

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