Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, February 28, 2008

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(USA/2007) Directed by Jennifer Venditti)

Billy the Kid is a sensitive and often sweetly funny documentary portrait of Billy, a 15-year-old outsider growing up in a small Maine town. He’s like other kids in many ways (he wants a girlfriend and hopes to be a rock star), yet Billy’s troubled past and ongoing behavioral issues have left him somewhat scarred. Refusing to be apologetic about his unique personality, this funny, sharp, strangely wise and remarkably candid boy has created his own inventively heroic techniques for surviving in an environment of conformity and prejudice. We watch his life from his perspective – from intimate conversations with his mom, to being bullied at school, to his detailed fantasies of becoming a superhero. Most memorably, we experience along with Billy the exhilarating pangs of first love as Billy pursues Heather, the shy 16-year waitress at a local mom-and-pop restaurant. This simple yet hypnotic little movie eloquently introduces us to a kid we’ll never forget. Jury Prize, Los Angeles International Film Festival. (84 min.) Thu. at 7:30; Fri. and Sat. at 9:30

“Many memorable films have been made about adolescence, but few can match the impact of Billy the Kid.”       -Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter