Monday, April 16, 2007

Announcing Our Canadian Debut @ HOT DOCS 2007

Geoff Pevre of the Toronto Star reviews Billy The Kid

From the surface of the moon to a Kawasaki campaign trail, Hot Docs celebrates
reality moviemaking

Apr 13, 2007 04:30 AM
Geoff Pevere
Movie Critic

In Jennifer Venditti's Billy the Kid, there's a long sequence in which an emotionally scarred 15-year-old boy finally
works up the nerve to approach the girl he's been admiring from a painful distance. So deftly has the film aligned our
emotional attachment to Billy, the ensuing exchange has all the raw, almost unbearable suspense of anything to be
found in a contemporary Hollywood thriller. We pray that she will like Billy as much as we have come to.

Billy the Kid: Jennifer Venditti's portrait of Billy, a keenly intelligent and preternaturally sensitive 15-year-old with selfdescribed
"issues," is an extraordinarily affecting study in the life of an outsider. Following Billy as he cycles through
the quiet streets of his small town, talking about music, love and the frustrating gap between imagination and reality,
the film invites you to see the world his way. As quietly inspiring as it is genuinely heartbreaking, Billy the Kid is an act
of passionate empathy. (April 20, 9 p.m., Bloor; April 22, 4:45 p.m., ROM.)

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