The Big Lebowski

Local News
2:14 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Once Again, 'Big Lebowski' Fans Celebrate the Cult Classic Film in Louisville

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Dudes, Walters and more are gathered this weekend in Louisville  for the 13th Lebowski Fest, which pays tribute to the cult-classic 1998 film "The Big Lebowski."

From Florida to New Jersey, fans of the film have flocked to Louisville’s Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane for of movie-watching, music, trivia-sharing and bowling.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
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The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Lebowski Fest is This Weekend

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It's funny how a person can love something they weren't even sure they liked on the first encounter.

Take "The Big Lebowski" and Will Russell.

"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.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lebowski Fest Founder Branches Out with Pee Wee Over Louisville

When Will Russell and his partners staged the first party in honor of their favorite movie, The Coen Bros.'  “The Big Lebowski,” they didn’t realize how many people shared their enthusiasm for what was then an overlooked slacker comedy. Ten years later, Lebowski Fest 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.

Russell's banking on tapping into a similar community of cult film fans with his new venture, Pee Wee Over Louisville. The day-long celebration of Russell’s second-favorite movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,”  is planned for September and will feature a family-friendly themed activities like a bicycle rodeo and a screening of the film.

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