Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Jan 27th at 7:15pm for Billy the Kid at the Coolidge Corner Theatre . Look for Dan wearing a “Grave Digger” monster truck t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
Winner of the Best Documentary title at both the SXSW and Los Angeles film festivals this year, BILLY THE KID is a sensitive and humorous verite portrait of Billy, a 15-year-old outsider growing up in small-town Maine. Billy appears, in many ways, like other teenage boys. He’s into heavy metal and martial arts, is an desperate to find a girlfriend, and aspires to a career as an actor and rock star. Yet in other ways Billy is unique. A troubled past and ongoing behavioral issues have left him marked. But he is unapologetic about his personality and refuses to be victimized, creating his own techniques to help him survive in an environment of pain, conformity and prejudice. Billy funny, sharp and strangely funny for his age, and remarkably candid. We witness his life from his perspective — from intimate conversations with his mother, to being bullied at school, to his fantasies of becoming a superhero. We also experience the exhilarating pangs of first love as Billy pursues Heather, a shy 16-year-old waitress. Will Billy get the girl? Will his community accept him on his own terms? BILLY THE KID challenges viewers to imagine themselves beyond labels.