Matthew Lillard’s comeback continues! On the heels of his strong supporting performance in the Oscar-lauded film “The Descendants,” Lillard’s directorial debut, “Fat Kid Rules the World,” won the audience award for narrative feature at the South By Southwest film festival. About an overweight and suicidal teen who joins a rock band, “Fat Kid Rules the World” stars Jacob Wysocki and Billy Campbell, and features music by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
In the narrative documentary category, “Brooklyn Castle” took home the audience award. That film — which is already earmarked for a feature film adaptation from producer Scott Rudin — focuses on a poor, inner-city school, which just so happens to have one of the best chess teams in the country.
The Paul Simon documentary, “Under African Skies,” was also honored, winning the 24 Beats Per Second award.
The full list of SXSW audience award winners is below.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SPOTLIGHT: “Brooklyn Castle”
NARRATIVE FEATURE SPOTLIGHT: “Fat Kid Rules the World”
24 BEATS PER SECOND: “Under African Skies”
EMERGING VISIONS: “Low & Clear”
SXGLOBAL: “Her Master’s Voice”
FESTIVAL FAVORITES: “Chasing Ice”
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