That's how Billy Price, the subject of Jennifer Venditti's documentary film, Billy the Kid, describes his life as person with a different way of experiencing the world. Venditti met Price while scouting high schools for film extras. She had been interested in the cliques of students in the cafeteria and how young people divide themselves into these groups. Approaching a table of self styled "bullies", she asked them if they ever invited other kids to their table. They pointed out Billy, considered a "nerd" by students and "emotionally troubled" by teachers, explaining that they had invited him over only to mock him.
Venditti knew which side of the cafeteria she wanted to be on.
This was the beginning of a relationship which has resulted in what looks to be a very cool documentary. According to Film Maker magazine, Venditti "believes in willing away labels and seeing beauty without demanding to understand it". The blog for the film includes a list of anti-bullying links as well as links to autism advocacy sites.
I can't believe I'm just now finding out about this. How could a documentary about a person with Asperger syndrome by a production company called 8 Films have escaped my attention until now? Billy has already collected several awards and goes on tour to qualify for the Oscars, starting this weekend in L.A. Visit the film's website for more information.