This Is It

16mm, color, sound, 9.25 min
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"James Broughton's creation myth, THIS IS IT, places a 2-year-old Adam and a bright apple-red balloon in a backyard garden of Eden, and works a small miracle of the ordinary. And since that miracle is ...
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"James Broughton's creation myth, THIS IS IT, places a 2-year-old Adam and a bright apple-red balloon in a backyard garden of Eden, and works a small miracle of the ordinary. And since that miracle is what his film is about, he achieves a kind of casual perfection in matching means and ends." – Robert Greenspun, The New York Times
"It's simple, inspired, and ecstatic. To watch Broughton's film you need a certain silence, a certain descending to the more subtle, more fragile levels of your being - otherwise, the film and its content will not reach you, it will break to pieces. I figure this is the main reason why films of the stature and subtlety and ecstasy of THIS IS IT never reach the New York Film Festival screen." – Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice "
A seminal film that promises to affect the course of film art for some time to come." – Hollis Frampton

Films

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    Mother's Day
    Experimental

    Mother's Day
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 22 min
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    • Music
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    Adventures of Jimmy
    Narrative

    Adventures of Jimmy
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 11 min
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    • Comedy
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    Four in the Afternoon
    Experimental

    Four in the Afternoon
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 15 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Loony Tom, The Happy Lover
    Experimental

    Loony Tom, The Happy Lover
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10.25 min
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    • Comedy
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    The Pleasure Garden
    Experimental

    The Pleasure Garden
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 38 min
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    • Comedy
    • Music
    • LGBT / Queer
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    The Bed
    Experimental

    The Bed
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 19 min
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    • Body
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    Nuptiae
    Experimental

    Nuptiae
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 14 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    The Golden Positions
    Experimental

    The Golden Positions
    James Broughton

    16mm, color and b/w, sound, 32 min
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    • Body
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    Dreamwood
    Experimental

    Dreamwood
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 45 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    High Kukus
    Experimental

    High Kukus
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
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    • Music
    • Philosophical
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    Testament
    Experimental

    Testament
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
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    • Biography / Autobiography
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    The Water Circle

    The Water Circle
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
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    • Philosophical
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    Erogeny

    Erogeny
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 5.5 min
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    • Body
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    Together
    Experimental

    Together
    James Broughton

    16mm, black and white, sound, 2.75 min
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    • Biography / Autobiography
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    Song of the Godbody
    Experimental

    Song of the Godbody
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 10.5 min
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    • Body
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    Windowmobile
    Experimental

    Windowmobile
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 7.5 min
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    • Environment / Nature
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    Hermes Bird
    Experimental

    Hermes Bird
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 10.5 min
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    • Body
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    The Gardener of Eden
    Experimental

    The Gardener of Eden
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 8 min
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    • Body
    • Dance
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    Shaman Psalm
    Experimental

    Shaman Psalm
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 7.75 min
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    • Body
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    Devotions
    Experimental

    Devotions
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 21.75 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Scattered Remains
    Experimental

    Scattered Remains
    James Broughton

    16mm, color, sound, 14 min
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    • Biography / Autobiography