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Fat Chance

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The first thing people notice about Rick Zakowich is his size. Creative therapist by day and blues singer by night, Rick's charisma and talent are undeniable, yet he remains fixed within the definition of a narrow label. The film began when Rick set out to change all that. But things didn't turn out as planned...instead of being a half-hour film about a 400-pound guy trying to lose 220 pounds, Fat Chance turned out to be a feature-length documentary about a 400-pound guy who hasn't lost weight but has gained self-confidence.

1994, 72 min 07 s

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Certificate of Merit
Long Island Film Festival
June 21 to 25 1995, Hauppauge - USA

Peabody Awards
Peabody Award Competition
March 30 1995, Athens - USA

Best Documentary (ex aequo avec Leo Mol In Light and Shadow)
The BLIZZARDS/Manitoba Motion Picture Ind. Ass. Film & Video Awards
February 25 1995, Winnipeg - Canada

Best Direction, non-dramatic - Jeff McKay (tied with Charles Konowal for Leo Mol In Light and Shadow)
The BLIZZARDS/Manitoba Motion Picture Ind. Ass. Film & Video Awards
February 25 1995, Winnipeg - Canada

Best Script non-dramatic
The BLIZZARDS/Manitoba Motion Picture Ind. Ass. Film & Video Awards
February 25 1995, Winnipeg - Canada

Honorable Mention - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
October 25 to 28 1994, Columbus - USA

Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of self-respect, dignity, and a better life for fat people
National Assoc. to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
August 27 1994, Washington - USA