'Big Joy' Celebrates Former Instructor James Broughton, Exuberant Poet and Filmmaker

Thursday, January 09, 2020
VASHON-MAURY ISLAND BEACH COMBER (WASHINGTON) -- During one of 37 interviews conducted for the documentary, beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti confessed he felt like an interloper in the early 1950s, building his career on Broughton’s. Other big names of that era and beyond — Anna Halprin, Gus Van Sant, even George Lucas — admitted their artistic debt to Broughton, as did a cadre of his students from the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State.