Stephen Silha’s new film about James Broughton & Shamey Cramer from the Federation of Gay Games on Fresh Fruit, Thur., Aug 15 at 7pm


Join Host Dixie Treichel on Fresh Fruit, Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7pm CST 

Guests: Stephen Silha, Shamey Cramer, Jessica Grams, Nhia Vang, Keith Pederson

Photo: James Broughton in 1940’s, subject of doc BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON. Photographer: Bob Lopez, Courtesy of Broughton Archive at Kent State University 


Stephen Silha, Filmmaker, Executive Producer, Co-Director

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013, DCP, 82 minutes)

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and “follow your own weird”. Co-directed with, Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon. Stephen Silha is a freelance writer, filmmaker, facilitator, and futurist who met James Broughton at a gathering in 1989. They became fast friends, and Broughton mentored Silha for many joyful communicative years. Stephen will be at the screening to introduce the film. Screening at the Walker Art Center, August 22 at 7:30pm Free


Shamey Cramer, Officer, Ceremonies, Federation of Gay Games

Shamey will talk about the 2014 Gay Games and the current situation of LGBT discrimination in Russia concerning the Olympics. Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™, since 1982, the Gay Games have empowered tens of thousands of LGBT artists and athletes through fellowship and friendly competition. The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH, USA, August 9-16,  2014.


Jessica Grams, Actress, Singer, Teacher

"Consider the Lilies" by Stuart Fail is a dysfunctional mix of co-dependence and genuine love between Paul, an aging alcoholic painter and David, his agent. Set in Paris and New York, the play delves into the lives of these two men and their struggle to find meaning in their personal lives and the fickle world of art. Theatre Gemini, August 16th - Sept 1st, 2013 at The Minneapolis Theatre Garage


Nhia Vang, Shades of Yellow Leadership Team

SOY Stories is a monthly series where Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ people share stories, good food, lots of laughs, and great company!  Next meeting: Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (free dinner provided)


Keith Pederson, Creator

Face Off HIV is a project intended to bring the rich and diverse stories of Minnesotans living with HIV and AIDS to a living document beginning with a coffee table book.