OK. So, I first stumbled across FAT KID RULES THE WORLD when I was hired to record the audio version of KL Going's award winning novel. The book blew me away. It was funny and true, and it told the story of a lost kid - Troy Billings, alienated and alone - who finds his purpose in life through the magic of punk rock music. The book rocked my world. It was crazy! It spoke to me, in a deep way because I had been my own version of Troy Billings in high school. I was lost and an outcast and didn't really fit in anywhere... that is until I found acting, which pretty much changed my life forever. After I read the book I knew I had to tell THIS story. I made this movie for everyone who has ever felt like they just didn't belong... the misfits, the outcasts. the kids that are lost... this movie is for you! Our goal now, is to make sure you get a chance to see it!!!
Last summer, we made the film in an amazingly collaborative spirit in Seattle, WA with a unbelievable crew and stellar cast that includes Jacob Wysocki (Terri), Matt O'Leary (Natural Selection, The Lone Ranger) and Billy Campbell (The Killing) with an original score composed and performed by Pearl Jam's lead guitarist, Mike McCready. The film premiered at SXSW where it played to packed and enthusiastic crowds and went on to win the Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight.
And it got great reviews, like this one from Ain't It Cool News:http://www.aintitcool.com/node/54233
Or this one from Variety: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947341?refcatid=31
Or any of these you can find on our website: http://fatkidrulesthemovie.com/fkrtw-sxsw-news-reviews/
BUT, it's still a movie about a Fat Kid. It's still a movie about punk rock. The movie is still way outside the Hollywood "box" and our goal is to bring it to the people.
WHY WE ARE ON KICKSTARTER
Mainstream Hollywood doesn't know how to make money on a movie like this, they don't believe that there is an audience, and we mean to prove them wrong. Maybe they're scared. Maybe they're just too accustomed to making movies for Biff and Buffy and all the kids who want to be like them. This is NOT that movie. This is a movie for the people who don't fit into a pretty little box. We plan to bring FAT KID to a theater near you and show the world that you don't have to make movies about the "perfect people" to find box office success.
Please support our campaign to raise funds to enable us to distribute FAT KID RULES THE WORLD in select markets across the United States.
I'm excited about FAT KID RULES THE WORLD - aside from donating, how can I help?
Like our video at the top of the page and tweet it out to your friends; add us on Facebook and invite your friends to as well; make an announcement at your school, community group or church; or forward our email flyer to all your friends and family with your own personal message.
When do you plan to release the film?
We are planning to promote the movie in conjunction with the Vans Warped Tour this summer with a simultaneous subsequent release in select markets to be followed by release in movies on demand, iTunes, etc.
What is your Kickstarter goal? What will the money go to?
Our goal is to raise $150,000. These funds will be used for the following:
- Promote the movie in conjunction with the Vans Warped Tour - pay for personnel, events and promotions during the Tour's summer long 42 city tour.
- To pay for regional and national advertising in newspapers, magazines, on Facebook, on Twitter and elsewhere online
- To pay for an experienced marketing and publicity consultant to help us properly advertise the film
- To pay for an experienced team of distribution consultants to make sure that Fat Kid Rules the World is readily available through all possible outlets, from theaters to Netflix.
Can you exceed the goal?
Damn straight! The more funds we raise, the easier it will be for us to both market and distribute the film, and the more cities we can play theatrically!
Can donors increase pledges once they have been made?
Yes! If you have already donated, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive!
What do donors receive for giving?
There is a whole bunch of Fat Kid related rewards in the column to your right. Rewards range from a digital download of the movie for $50 to a signed copy of Mike McCready's custom 7" single "Disconnect", to having your own private FAT KID event for $10,000. For more information, just shift your eyeballs to the right!
When will I receive my rewards?
We will be shipping all rewards just after the release, which will be mid-summer– except for reward like the backstage visit and/or the tickets to the rooftop NYC premier which will take place during the campaign.
How much is shipping?
Shipping is included in all minimum pledge amounts!
How will you know where to send my incentives, or what t-shirt size I wear?
After our deadline, we will send you a Kickstarter message (which automatically forwards to the email address you gave Kickstarter) requesting all the necessary information.
Can I give an incentive as a gift?
Gifting an incentive is awesome! After the campaign, when we message you for details on your incentives, you can then give us the information for the person you wish to gift.
What happens if the goal isn’t reached in time?
If we don’t reach our goal, FAT KID receives no funding for its marketing and distribution. Don't worry. Ain't going to happen.
How can I contact you?
Reach at to one of our producers at firstname.lastname@example.org – feel free to email with him with questions, comments, or angry rants!
Just be aware that he gets a lot of angry emails, so please give it a few days for him to respond!
I want more information…
You can take a look at our website: www.fatkidrulesthemovie.com for more information.
We also have:
Can you post the update videos on the front page?
No. Please click to the update section.
Just kidding. Here they are...
Matt Lillard preps for FAT KID.
Mike and Matt Talk about the birth of the FAT KID 7"
Jacob And Matt Fulfilling Kickstarter Rewards!
7 Days Left - Cast and Crew - SXSW Pizza Flashmob!
Mike McCready talks about his process...and plays, too! Wow.
Jacob Wysocki and Matt O'Leary - "Troy Billings" and "Marcus MacCrae"
Mike McCready - Composer and Pearl Jam Lead Guitarist
KL Going - author of FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
Billy Campbell - Mr. Billings
Lili Simmons - Isabel
Noah Rosenthal - Cinematographer
Behind the scenes of the Kickstarter Campaign.
Matthew Lillard Thanks our Friends at Reddit with this Puke Clip!
Isabel (Lili Simmons) works the phones at Campaign Central.
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page. Come out and support us!!!