Pee Wee Over Louisville

Local News
2:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Will Russell Discusses Pee-wee Over Louisville's Sudden Demise

A young Will Russell dressed as Pee-wee Herman.
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When a founder of the famed Lebowski Fest announced a new festival focused on an under-appreciated pop culture icon—Pee-wee Herman—Louisville paid attention.

The Facebook page for Pee Wee Over Louisville, as organizer Will Russell dubbed it, garnered more than 1,000 likes in just five days after its creation. It now has more than 4,000—many of whom are using the social media site to convey their displeasure that the event has been canceled.

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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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