FAT KID cast members, including Matt OLeary (center)
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Cast members, including Matt O'Leary (center)

Actor Matthew Lillard's directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, pivots on a Renton high school student who finds himself through punk rock. Although Jacob Wysocki, who plays Troy, wasn't in attendance at last night's Egyptian screening, most of the rest of the cast and crew showed up, including Lillard, Matt O'Leary (who also stars in Megan Griffiths' Eden), and Billy Campbell, who's been working on The Killing in Vancouver. Unlike the AMC series, which claims to take place in Seattle, Lillard's adaption of the K.L. Going novel was actually shot here.

More pictures below.

Waiting in line at The Egyptian
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Waiting in line at The Egyptian (SIFF programmer Marco Collins third from left)

While my friend Chris and I were waiting in line, we chatted with Marco about this year's Face the Music line-up, which includes documentaries on Paul Williams, Charles Bradley, Bad Brains, and numerous others. (Back in the 1990s, Marco helped get me a job at The End, while he was working there as music director.)

If you've ever wanted to meet the diminutive gentleman who wrote The Muppet Movie's "Rainbow Connection" and played the villain in Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise, I suggest you clear space on your calendar this week for the Williams' profile, Still Alive, for which the director and subject will be on hand.

Director Matthew Lillard talks about the film.
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • A very blurry Lillard talks about the film

You may know him best from the live-action Scooby-Doo, in which he played Shaggy, or The Descendants, in which he holds his own opposite George Clooney, but Lillard also has a punk project in his past: 1998's SLC Punk!

Lillard as Stevo
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Lillard as Stevo

SLC Punk! also stars Jason Segel, who co-wrote the recent Muppets reboot.

Small portion of the large cast and crew
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Small portion of the large cast and crew (O'Leary is second from left)

In Fat Kid, O'Leary plays Marcus, a homeless teenager who encourages Troy to pick up the drums, so they can start a band together. Early on in the film, Marcus proclaims X's "The Hungry Wolf," from 1982's Under the Big Black Sun, one of the best album openers ever. It takes Troy, a video-game enthusiast, awhile to see the appeal of punk rock, but he eventually gets into the swing of things—to the chagrin of his widowed father, Mr. Billings (Campbell), a former Marine. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready provided the guitar-based score, which works beautifully.

Cast members, including Billy Campbell (in black).
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Cast members, including Billy Campbell (with hands in pockets)

After the screening, my friend Gillian and I were walking down Broadway when I heard a very familiar voice ahead of us. Even from the back, I could tell it was Campbell, whose career I've been following for ages, at least since the underrated Rocketeer (1991), but I've also seen every episode of Once and Again and The 4400. He was talking to a couple of colleagues about one of his favorite Pike Place restaurants, so I guess it's fair to assume that he's been here before.

Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, and Timothy Dalton
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, and Timothy Dalton in...The Rocketeer!

The next SIFF screening of Fat Kid Rules the World takes place at Everett Performing Arts Center on May 28 at 6pm. Click here for more information.