ARC Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut, “Fat Kid Rules the World.”

ARC plans to distribute “Fat Kid Rules the World” into theaters through Tugg.com this summer, promoted through events and public appearances on the Vans Warped Tour. Lillard will directly engage the film’s punk rock fanbase so they can set up Tugg screenings of the film along the course of the tour.

Produced by Whitewater Films, “Fat Kid Rules the World” won the narrative feature spotlight audience award at the SXSW Film Festival in March. The Kickstarter campaign to support the domestic release of has surpassed its goal of $150,000.

Film stars Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary and Billy Campbell. “Fat Kid,” adapted from K.L. Going’s young adult novel, centers around a 17-year-old who is overweight and suicidal. Just as he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by a charming high school dropout/street musician, who enlists him to become the drummer in a new punk rock band.

The film features original songs and score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.

The deal was negotiated by Ben Weiss of Paradigm and Trevor Drinkwater of ARC Entertainment.