Although the Virginia Film Festival has been going on for 25 years, the festival always offers something new or different in the cinema world.
In the movie Fat Kid Rules the World, we meet Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki), an overweight 17 year-old who is about to commit suicide. However, just as he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by Marcus (Matt O’Leary), a high school dropout and street musician. The two strike up an odd and at times uncomfortable friendship as Marcus tries to recruit Troy to be the drummer in his punk rock band. As time continues, the two grow closer; however, Troy’s father becomes increasingly concerned with Troy and his friendship with Marcus.
The film, directed by Matthew Lillard, is an adaptation of the book by author K. L. Going. Lillard is mostly known as an actor, appearing in films including Hackers, last year’s VFF centerpiece film The Descendants, the Scream trilogy, and both live-action Scooby Doo movies, and marks his directorial debut with the film. Even though Fat Kid Rules the World is Lillard’s first film from behind the camera, his work has already garnered attention with positive reviews and a well-received premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year.
The Virginia Film Festival will be screening the film Sunday, November 4th, at 7:00pm at the Newcomb Hall Theater. There will also be a discussion with Matthew Lillard following the showing. Click here for more information and tickets.