Will Russell http://wfpl.org en When a Lebowski Fest Founder Met 'Big Lebowski' co-writer Joel Coen and Frances McDormand http://wfpl.org/post/when-lebowski-fest-founder-met-big-lebowski-co-writer-joel-coen-and-frances-mcdormand <p>For 12 years now, Will Russell and others have put Lebowski&nbsp;Fest—an annual celebration of the 1998 cult favorite film "The Big Lebowski."</p><p>But, until recently, Russell has had virtually no contact with Joel and Ethan Coen, the brother duo who wrote and directed the film, along with others ranging from "Raising Arizona" to Academy Award winners "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."</p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6187 at http://wfpl.org When a Lebowski Fest Founder Met 'Big Lebowski' co-writer Joel Coen and Frances McDormand Lebowski Fest is This Weekend http://wfpl.org/post/lebowski-fest-weekend <p>It's funny how a person can love something they weren't even sure they liked on the first encounter.</p><p>Take "The Big Lebowski" and Will Russell.</p><p>"Even I when I first saw it, I didn’t dislike it, but I was kind of indifferent to it," Russell said. "Certainly didn’t have an inkling that one day I would start a festival celebrating it. But, yeah, I ended up catching it a few more times and on the third time I just completely fell in love with it. I was absolutely smitten.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:12:17 +0000 Joseph Lord 6183 at http://wfpl.org Lebowski Fest is This Weekend A Bunch of People Dressed Like Col. Sanders Will March on Market Street http://wfpl.org/post/bunch-people-dressed-col-sanders-will-march-market-street <p>The store WHY Louisville will be celebrating its eighth anniversary with its Inaugural March of the Colonels.</p><p>That means a procession of people dressed like Colonel Harland Sanders will march Saturday afternoon on Market Street, starting at WHY Louisville's NuLu store.</p><p>The March of the Colonels starts at 2 p.m.</p><p>The group will be led by a wax figure of Sanders, the iconic KFC founder, clad in one of the Colonel’s original suits, riding in a Hoveround.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:13:54 +0000 Brandon Girdley 5867 at http://wfpl.org A Bunch of People Dressed Like Col. Sanders Will March on Market Street Lebowski Fest Founder Branches Out with Pee Wee Over Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/lebowski-fest-founder-branches-out-pee-wee-over-louisville <p>When Will Russell and his partners&nbsp;staged the first party in honor of their favorite movie, The Coen Bros.' &nbsp;“The Big Lebowski,” they didn’t realize how many people shared their enthusiasm for what was then an overlooked slacker comedy.&nbsp;Ten years later, <a href="http://lebowskifest.com/">Lebowski Fest</a> tours internationally with cast member guest appearances and buzz bands, and their two-day flagship event brings fans (code name: Achievers) from all over the country to Louisville every summer for bowling, White Russians, costume contests and what-have-you.</p><p>Russell's banking on tapping into a similar community of cult film fans with his new venture, <a href="http://www.peeweeoverlouisville.com/">Pee Wee Over Louisville</a>. The day-long celebration of Russell’s second-favorite movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” &nbsp;is planned for September and will feature a family-friendly themed activities like a bicycle rodeo and a screening of the film.</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:04:42 +0000 Erin Keane 3130 at http://wfpl.org Lebowski Fest Founder Branches Out with Pee Wee Over Louisville