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Fat Kid Rules the World

Director:Matthew Lillard
Screening date: Friday, June 8, Open Road Rooftop (Lower East Side), 350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Of all the random character actors in Hollywood, we bet you weren’t expecting Matthew Lillard to ever step behind a camera and direct an award-winning film. We sure as hell weren’t before visiting Austin, Texas, in March for the 2012 SXSW Film Festival; there, word spread across the city that Lillard’s debut feature, Fat Kid Rules the World is excellent, a feeling cemented once the movie nabbed the fest’s Audience Award.

That’s right, the dude who played Shaggy in those live-action Scooby Dooflicks may very well be the next Ben Affleck. Fat Kid Rules the World, based on a novel written by K.L. Going, centers on an obese teenager who’s plan to jump in front of a bus and end it all gets thwarted by one of his peers, sparking an unlikely friendship between the titular fat kid and his drug-addicted savior. First Lillard held his own alongside George Clooney in last year’s The Descendants, and now he’s an acclaimed filmmaker? Give the man a hand, folks.

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