Billy told us when we first met him that his lifelong dream has been to visit Los Angeles. He was first introduced to Hollywood when he starred as the "banjo-playing boy" in Deliverance. After that, he always envisioned a career in movies, but it never worked out.
In the film, Billy recounts the story of how he ended up in Deliverance: He was a kid when the producers first came to his town. They visited his 4th grade classroom and looked around, saw Billy and said "that's him." Billy's face has become internationally famous, as Deliverance rose to unprecedented success, garnering several Academy Award nominations and iconic status over the years. Billy himself, however, has never reaped the economic benefits from this appearance that he always hoped would pan out. Now in his 50s, Billy works at Walmart and has always dreamed of visiting Hollywood.
Our goal is to raise enough money to fly Billy to LA from Clayton, Georgia, where he lives, and to show him Hollywood and Warner Brothers, the studio that made Deliverance. We are planning to surprise our LA Film Festival audience with Billy's presence, and to honor him with a standing acknowledgment and ovation after our film.
Billy has hardly left Rabun County, where Deliverance was filmed and where he lives to this day. His friend David told us "this trip will be the highlight of Billy's life." In addition to wanting to give back to this kind, wonderful man, we think this is one way we can give back to the community-and a key person--who has contributed so much to our film.
Thank you for helping this make a reality for Billy.
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