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The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 24-26, 2012. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.
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Sunday, August 26 • 6:15pm - 7:55pm
Closing Night Film: Fat Kid Rules The World

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 Bored and depressed 17-year-old fat kid Troy Billings is ready to walk in front of a bus, literally. However, Marcus, a high school dropout and local guitar hero, interrupts the suicide attempt, saving Troy from a gory end. Consequently (and mostly based on Marcus’ needs) a fast and unlikely friendship develops. But Fat Kid Rules The World is not your typical unlikely-high-school-nerd-gets-popular tale and the complex friendship between Troy and Marcus begins to impact every area of both their separate worlds, for better and worse.

 Based on the K. L. Going novel of the same name, Fat Kid Rules The World presents a sensitive, endearing, frequently humorous and, most importantly, realistic portrayal of high school life that seemingly reflects wisdom gained from the likes of Heathers, Election, Carrie, and Mean Girls. The film is Matthew Lillard's directorial debut, a project that took him 9 years to get off the ground. The music-centric movie features an original score by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and recently won the SXSW Audience Choice Award.

 

See the trailer here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/fat-kid-rules-world-trailer-298103



Sunday August 26, 2012 6:15pm - 7:55pm
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

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