A provocative coming-of-age story, Jennifer Venditti’s debut film, BILLY THE KID (2007), is an acclaimed odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Venditti follows Billy as he navigates small town Maine, grappling with isolation and first-time love, and traversing the frustrating gap between imagination and reality. Exhilarating and heartfelt, the film grants an intimate, empathetic view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider and provides an unvarnished and unique snapshot into what it’s like to grow up in America.
Top Documentary at South by Southwest 2007
Billy has Asperger’s syndrome, but the condition finds no mention in the documentary. This makes the documentary “all the more potent and universal,” according to Variety critic Leslie Felperin, whose son has Asperger’s syndrome. She also adds, “it stands as a reminder that people with the condition are first and foremost individuals—not just the labels applied to them.”
Unrated / 85 mins. US / 2007 / Directed by Jennifer Venditti