Matthew Lillard Makes His Directorial Debut in “Fat Kid Rules the World” at 35MVFF

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“Fat Kid Rules the World”
US Cinema 2012 | 98 Minutes

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Interviewed/Shot/Edited by Cindy Maram 

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Fat Kid Rules the World | Jacob Wysocki as Troy Billings

Fat Kid Rules the World | Jacob Wysocki as Troy Billings

“Fat Kid Rules the World” is a character story that will take everything you know about irony and turn it upside down. It begins with Jacob Wysocki as Troy Billings, an overweight teen who has a vivid imagination but trouble connecting. Unable to fit in, his life becomes hopeless so he makes the impulsive decision to end his life. As he steps in front of a bus an outgoing drug-abusing musician Matt O’Leary as Marcus pushes him out of the way and unlikely friendship is born.

Fat Kid Rules the World | Matt O'Leary as Marcus

Fat Kid Rules the World | Matt O'Leary as Marcus

Matt O’Leary really captures the emotional highs and lows that come from a troubled, young vibrant musician with destructive habits and magnetic charisma. He convinces Troy that he has musical talent and that they should form a band.  From that moment you embark upon a rabbit hole style journey of two people pushing past their comfort zones to create something beyond themselves.

You will see yourself in the thorny insecure moments that make up everyday life, and ask yourself just what you are capable of.

Director: Matthew Lillard
Producers: Rick Rosenthal, Nick Morton, Jane Charles, Jennifer Mass, Evan Wasserstrom, Talan Torriero, Matthew Lillard
Screenwriters: Michael M. B. Galvin, Peter Speakman
Cinematographer: Noah Rosenthal
Editor: Michelle Witten
Cast: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary, Billy Campbell, Lili Simmons, Dylan Arnold
Print Source: Whitewater Films

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Saturday, October 6, 3:00 PM – Sequoia 1
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 PM – Rafael 2




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