Billy The Kid
Billy The Kid is the story of a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome from a small working class town in Maine. This documentary follows Billy as he navigates life, trying to mesh together his ideas of the world and its workings and the reality of it all. Billy shows the audience the way love, relationships, and daily life are viewed by someone with AS and invites the viewers to suspend thier ideas of the “real world” and really experience something different. It is surprising how much a neurotypical person can relate to the individual situations Billy finds himself in throughout this film.
AANE has a special relationship with Jennifer Venditti. After discovering this film AANE and Jennifer collaborated to put together a screening event at the Coolidge Corner Theater. It was a wonderful event that attracted those with AS, those wanting to learn more and proffesionals who work with individuals with AS. This diverse crowd found that the topics and ideas being conveyed were important and accessible to all who watched.
Recently released on DVD, Billy The Kid is now available from the film’s official web site along with other information, reviews, etc.