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Director's statement

Director's statement

To say my previous work is different from FAT CAMP would be an understatement. A SMALL ACT (for example) is a documentary that chronicles issues like poverty, ethnic violence and access to education. FAT CAMP is, well, not that. But it's still true to who I am. I'm a mix of irreverent humor and heart. Los Angeles can be a place that pigeonholes people, so I was surprised to be offered a teen-boy camp comedy. Chuck Hayward's script had me laughing out loud. I'm a huge fan of films like 9 TO 5 and SUPERBAD _ films that are full of broad, wacky moments but grounded by human characters dealing with real issues. FAT CAMP's script has this quality (along with killer jokes). Of course 9 TO 5 and SUPERBAD are studio movies with things like bigger budgets and (most likely) locations that matched those described in the script. These were luxuries not always afforded to FAT CAMP. Oh my god THIS WAS A CHALLENGING SHOOT. But it didn't matter. I love a challenge and I love to laugh. I was in.

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These boys will steal your hearts and your funny bone.

Behind the Lense Online

The movie stars longtime Chicago sketch and improv performer Chris Redd as a cocky ne'er-do-well forced to work as a counselor at a weight-loss camp for kids.

Chicago Tribune

This uplifting and hilarious LGBT coming-of-age story focusing on real and recognizable characters has solidified their life and work partnership even more.

Curve

Fat Camp with some truly wonderful performances and sharp direction will be a welcome delight for the audience looking for a comedy that’s more than a standard issue rom com or the newest Happy Madison joint.

Dispenser Film, Television & Comics

I’ve worked on a few projects now, and this one I hold near and dear to my heart because I had so much fun every single day.

Hollywood SOAPBOX

When I read this script I laughed so hard and thought, I got to do it, I got to do it.

My L.A. Lifestyle

Films that feature lovable fat losers are great because audiences tend to connect with these characters.

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