Gibson Views Shaver Documentary

Actor-director Mel Gibson was among about 50 people who turned up Monday (March 29) in West Hollywood, Calif., for a private screening of The Portrait of Billy Joe, a new documentary about legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. Actor Robert Duvall is executive producer of the film directed by his longtime girlfriend, Luciana Pedraza. A spokesman for Duvall’s production company, Butchers Run Films, said Gibson doesn’t have any ties to either Duvall or Pedraza but was invited to the screening because the Christian themes running through the Shaver documentary are in keeping with Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. The Portrait of Billy Joe will also be screened at the Nashville Film Festival on April 27.