“I am not talking here about going to the movies. I am talking about making cinema. I am talking about the life of vision. I am talking about cinema as one way of living the life of a poet.

I am talking about film as poetry, as philosophy, as metaphysics, as all else it has not yet dared to become.”

James Broughton

from“Seeing the Light” by James Broughton (City Lights, 1977) [PDF, 764k]

James Broughton (November 10, 1913 – May 17, 1999) was an American poet and poetic filmmaker. He was part of the San Francisco Renaissance, a precursor to the Beat poets. He was an early bard of the gay Radical Faeries as well as a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, serving her community as Sister Sermonetta.

“The secret password is: translucence”.