Outsider Pictures to handle International Sales on Matthew Lillard’s Award Winning Film “Fat Kid Rules the World”

Outsider Pictures today announced that it had acquired International Sales rights to Matthew Lillard’s acclaimed directorial debut, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, and the film will have its market premiere in Cannes.

Adapted from K. L. Going’s young adult novel, the film centers around Troy Billings who is seventeen, overweight and suicidal. Just as he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by Marcus, a charming high school drop out / street musician. The two begin an unlikely friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in a new punk rock bank. As Troy’s relationship with Marcus grows, Troy’s father becomes increasingly concerned about his son’s new friendship.

FAT KID RULES THE WORLD is a Whippany Park Production & Whitewater Films presentation of a film by Matthew Lillard, written by Michael M.B. Galvin and Peter Speakman and starring Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary, Billy Campbell, Lili Simmons and Dylan Arnold. It is produced by Rick Rosenthal and Nick Morton.

Director Matthew Lillard says about the film, “I’m so proud of the film and have crazy love and respect for our cast and crew! Their hard work and craftmanship have really paid off and I beleive we’ve made an exctiing film. We’re looking forward to the audiences embracing their inner fatness at the Seattle International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival Next Wave and the Rooftop Festival in NY. We’re also delighted to be unleashing it on the world with a theatrical release in August.”

Said Producer Rick Rosenthal of Whitewater Films, “I loved shepherding the production of FAT KID RULES THE WORLD and think Matt Lillard has done an awesome job in his directorial debut. We’re excited about the film, think its heart is in the right place, and we believe international audiences will respond just as strongly as US audiences have.”

“We are thrilled to be working on Fat Kid Rules the World” said Paul Hudson, co-founder of Outsider Pictures. “It’s a film that I think everyone can identify with.”

At its world premiere in South by Southwest, the film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Spotlight Feature. US distribution plans for the film will be announced shortly by Whitewater Films, but a late-Summer 2012 release is anticipated.

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