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Careful man, there's a festival here: Lebowski fest NYC

Way back in 1998 there was this movie, movie called “The Big Lebowski.” At the time of release, prolific directors the Joel and Ethan Coen could never have predicted the proportions to which their film would eventually be celebrated. Achieving cult classic status, the of-quoted flick has been honored with annual commemorations, known as “Lebowski Fests.” At these gatherings, Lebowski faithful, dubbed “Achievers,” congregate for a weekend of Dude worthy activities.

Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman "The Big Lebowski"
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Lebowski Fest debuted in 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky. Since its inauguration, various locales have embraced their inner Achiever including Chicago and New York. Your faithful Durham Movies Examiner will don his bathrobe and venture to this weekend’s Lebowski Fest New York. The ball gets rolling on Friday, August 22. On the itinerary is unlimited bowling, trivia, and costumed Achievers. Partying resumes on Saturday with a screening of the film and live music.

“The Big Lebowski” follows the titular character, Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges). The stoner anti-hero, who simply wants a replacement for his soiled rug, gets entangled in a web of deceit, complete with a kidnapping, stolen car, and a band of nihilists. Offering a multitude of cultural references, “The Big Lebowski” holds a high replay value. Subsequent viewings reveal intricacies missed on previous screenings.

Despite Jeff Bridges’ impressive career, his most memorable character is arguably “The Dude.” A recent Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) provided several Lebowski nuggets. Apparently Bridges used apparel from his actual closet to dress The Dude. Additionally, Bridges recalled working with newly departed actor Robin Williams on “The Fisher King.” Bridges noted Williams’ surprisingly serious demeanor. Shortlist released a fascinating list of little known “The Big Lebowski” facts, a must read for any true Achiever.

Have a favorite “The Big Lebowski” memory? Comment below, and stay tuned for more Lebowski Fest coverage.