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Film Info
  • Year: 2007
  • Film Format: DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 85 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

“I’m not black, I’m not white, not foreign… just different in the mind – different brains, that’s all…” -Billy

Jennifer Venditti's award-winning documentary is a provocative coming-of-age story—an odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Following fifteen-year-old Billy as he bicycles through the quiet streets of small town Maine, we watch him traverse the frustrating gap between imagination and reality, grappling with isolation and first-time young love. By turns exhilarating and disturbing, we see the world from the intimate view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider.Jennifer Venditti's award-winning documentary is a provocative coming-of-age story—an odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Following fifteen-year-old Billy as he bicycles through the quiet streets of small town Maine, we watch him traverse the frustrating gap between imagination and reality, grappling with isolation and first-time young love. By turns exhilarating and disturbing, we see the world from the intimate view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider.

Jennifer Venditti

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “Top 25 New Faces in Film,” Jennifer Venditti makes her directorial debut with BILLY THE KID. In 1998 Venditti started a New York City-based casting agency JV8INC. Traveling all over the world, street-scouting real people for advertising, fashion and film, she discovered an inspired repertoire of diverse talent otherwise ignored by traditional casting methods. Photographers Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber and director Spike Jonze are just a few collaborators who have been excited by her singular aesthetic. It is her interest in finding the beauty in everyday heroes that provided her natural transition into filmmaking. While casting Carter Smith’s short film BUGCRUSH(Sundance Short Film Winner 2006) in a rural Maine high school, Venditti discovered Billy, whose unique and winning character inspired her feature documentary.

Director/Producer Jennifer Venditti
Producer Chiemi Karasawa
Executive Producers Barnet Liberman
Bob Alexander
Lubov Azria
Associate Producers Jordan Mattos
Danielle Digiacomo
Director of Photography Donald Cumming
Additional Photography Paris Kain
Editor Michael Levine
Additional Editor Enat Sidi
Sound Design Damian Volpe
Re-recording Mixer Tony Volante
Dialogue Editor David Ellinwood
Original Score Christian Zucconi
Guy Blakeslee

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