FAT a film by Mark Phinney opens in Toronto Oct 30

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Syndicado presents

Comfort food and joylessness

An overeater becomes trapped inside himself in

Mark Phinney’s poignant and unflinching


Trailer: https://vimeo.com/134753433


October 30, 2015 – 
Carlton Cinema

 November 6, 2015 – Kingsway Theatre

 December 15, 2015 – VOD

 Toronto International Film Festival, 2013


Ken (Mel Rodriguez) has an addiction. It causes him to lash out and hurt his loved ones. It affects his work, his self-esteem and even his personal hygiene. Little by little, he’s finding himself alone with his addiction.

But the addiction isn’t crack or meth or even alcohol. It’s food.

In Mark Phinney’s frank, emotional and often mordantly funny FAT, Rodriguez creates a character that seems achingly familiar and believable. A naturally funny guy, Ken attempts to hide behind quips and sarcasm as his weight piles on. He invites rejection in his desperate attempts to pick up attractive women as a show of bravado (while hypocritically rejecting “fat chicks”).

And his lonely reality seems to be point to an early demise – diabetes, high blood pressure and a nighttime “CPAP” mask to keep him from asphyxiating from sleep apnea.

Rodriguez’s Ken is surrounded by an increasingly exasperated support network – including his best friend Terry (Jason Dugre) and tentative new girlfriend Audrey (Ashley Lauren), an Overeaters Anonymous group and a physical trainer. But it becomes clear when he begins lashing out at them, that blaming others is his chief obstacle to saving himself.

FAT originated from a series of essays that comedian/actor Phinney wrote about his own struggles with weight. The movie’s modest budget came together through, “a combination of Kickstarter and credit cards.” The soundtrack, contributed by a coterie of Boston indie artists, lends verisimilitude to the story of a guy who only feels comfortable in oversized band t-shirts.

“Food addiction is more complicated than other addictions, because it’s everywhere,” Phinney says. “You don’t see heroin advertised on a billboard, but you do see Whoppers.

“But an addiction is an addiction and that’s what I wanted to show with the movie. Ken’s story isn’t so much about being fat as it is about being emotionally broken.”

Syndicado is an international film and television distribution company with offices in Canda and USA. Founded by Digital media executive Greg Rubidge in 2009, the company focuses on digital distribution to major internet and cable VOD outlets such as iTunes, Microsoft, vudu, hulu, Amazon, Google, TimeWarner, Netflix, just to name a few. Recently the company expanded its strategic theatrical releases in North America with ELENA, Petra Costa’s haunting doc which opened in 2014 in the USA. Syndicado’s library has grown to over 500 titles with over 1500 hours of programming in 30+ territories worldwide with a focus primarily on documentaries. The company also founded and runs ilovedocs.com, a marketing and information destination site to help raise the profile of documentary film.