Private Project

Fat Punk

Old Francis-Paul wanders the alleyways and memories of a special summer 40 years before when he blasted size prejudice, low expectations and self-doubt out of his way and became the big fat punk rocker of his dreams. By winning on his own terms, he proved that the only size that matters is the size of your courage.

A triumph of solo-shot, punk-style D.I.Y. smartphone filmmaking, Fat Punk explores the space beyond life and death, where memories live on even though the world that contained them is long gone. With its themes of love, struggle, loss, coming of age and aging, Fat Punk is a beautiful tribute to the original era of punk, and the special past that lives on in each of us.

WINNER, BEST EXPERIMENTAL
WINNER, MOST AVANT GARDE FILM
WINNER, BEST EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE FILM
WINNER, BEST EXPERIMENTAL, FEATURE CATEGORY
WINNER, BEST WRITER - ROBERT DAVID DUNCAN - FAT PUNK
NOMINATED, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
NOMINATED, BEST DIRECTOR - ROBERT DAVID DUNCAN

  • Robert David Duncan
    Director
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Writer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Producer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Ross Munro
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1646032
  • Dave Walden
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5844375
  • Shelley Janze
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5656288
  • Al Colodey
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6503108
  • Jamie Campbell
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7177896
  • Stephanie Bally
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5491163
  • Edward Osei Appiah
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3232462
  • Teresa Laverty
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4473398
  • Sacha Romalo
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5990238
  • Tracy Urban
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6456190
  • Andrew Hill
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6166241
  • Robert David Duncan
    Cinematographer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Editor
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 6S+
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Alternative Film Festival ALTFF
    Toronto
    Canada
    Winner, Best Experimental, Feature Category
  • Hollywood Media Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner, Best Experimental Feature Film
  • Alternative Film Festival ALTFF
    Toronto
    Canada
    Winner, Best Writer - Robert David Duncan - Fat Punk
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Nominated for Best Narrative Feature Film
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Nominated for Best Director - Robert David Duncan
Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

I made Fat Punk in a true punk/D.I.Y. fashion, like the early punk rockers who just picked up an instrument and bashed out a song simply because they had something to say. I used what was handy such as my smartphone, my actor and filmmaker friends, existing light, Vancouver's alleyway street art and myself. I solo-shot the film, while playing the POV of the main character as well as playing the main supporting character Leo. Turning weaknesses like no budget into strengths, I found alternate ways of getting the story across, including shooting the film from a first-person POV, and using local resources like the free sound booths at our library. I so believe in this story of love, loss, courage and memory that I was determined to get it done and out there, like a punk song!