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Billy the Kid

Overview

Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti crafts a cinéma vérité-style coming-of-age story with this portrait of a small-town teen from Maine who struggles to embrace his outsider status while still being shaped by the tragic events of his childhood. It was while casting the Carter Smith film Bugcrush that Venditti first encountered the boy named Billy -- his eccentric wisdom leaving an immediate and lasting impression on the filmmaker. Later, after casting Billy in the film and preparing to craft a documentary about everyday ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti crafts a cinéma vérité-style coming-of-age story with this portrait of a small-town teen from Maine who struggles to embrace his outsider status while still being shaped by the tragic events of his childhood. It was while casting the Carter Smith film Bugcrush that Venditti first encountered the boy named Billy -- his eccentric wisdom leaving an immediate and lasting impression on the filmmaker. Later, after casting Billy in the film and preparing to craft a documentary about everyday heroes, Venditti and her crew returned to Maine to spend five days with the troubled young boy who had commanded her attention. Shunned by his classmates and categorized as a "special needs" student by his teachers, Billy boldly refuses to be victimized by his individuality in an environment obsessed with labels and conformity.
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Special Features

Anamorphic master, created from Hi-Def elements and enhanced for widescreen TVs; Audio commentary by director Jennifer Venditti and Ryan Gosling; "Pieces That Don't Fit" (2008), a short film by Venditti; Director interview; Soundtrack: music selections from the film including The Virgins' "Fight to Survive" + bonus tracks; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; U.S. theatrical trailer; An 8-page booklet with a new essay by Miranda July and commentary by Look Me in the Eye author John Elder Robinson
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 795975111034
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,004

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy P.
Technical Credits
Jennifer Venditti Director, Producer
Bob Alexander Executive Producer
Lubov Azria Executive Producer
Guy Blakeslee Score Composer
Donald Cumming Cinematographer
Paris Kain Cinematographer
Chiemi Karasawa Producer
Michael Levine Editor
Barnet Liberman Executive Producer
Einat Sidi Editor
Damien Volpe Sound/Sound Designer
Christian Zucconi Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Billy the Kid
1. Here I Am [8:30]
2. The Benefits of Being a Superhero [9:35]
3. Girls, Guitars [10:23]
4. "I Believe I've Seen You Before" [8:51]
5. Sharing Histories [9:52]
6. Night Walk [7:24]
7. That Boyfriend Word [8:52]
8. Burning Up [8:16]
9. "Nothing Gold Can Stay" [9:45]
10. End Credits/"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You" [3:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Billy the Kid
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary & Subtitles
      Jennifer Venditti and Ryan Gosling: On
      Jennifer Venditti and Ryan Gosling: Off
      Play Commentary Disclaimer
      English SDH: On
      English SDH: Off
   Special Features
      Director Interview
         Finding Billy
         Heather
         Flipping Expectations
         The Asperger's Card
         Grey Garden's & Billy's Reception
         Play All
      "Pieces That Don't Fit"
         Play
      Soundtrack
         "Billy" - Lissy Trullie
         "Circular Loves" - Christian Zucconi
         "Natives" - Christian Zucconi
         Schumann's "Album for the Youth, Opus 68" - Liz Lysinger
         "Spring Story" - Lix Lysinger
         "Billy's Dream of Love" - Guy Blakeslee
         "Weight Room" - Guy Blakeslee
         "Fight to Survive" - The Virgins
         Play All
      Threatrical Trailer
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