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By Film Threat Staff | July 15, 2004

Lebowski Fest started as a simple idea between two avid fans of the Coen Brothers’ cult comedy, “The Big Lebowski”, and has evolved into a national phenomenon that will land in New York City on August 13th and 14th. The 3rd Annual Lebowski Fest held in Louisville, KY this June, drew over 4,000 fans from 35 U.S. States and abroad to bowl, dress in costume, drink White Russians, quote dialogue and celebrate all things Lebowski. Lebowski Fest New York will feature an appearance by the man who inspired the film’s main character played by Jeff Bridges – Jeff “The Dude” Dowd – who was a political activist in the 60s and a member of the Seattle Seven. In keeping with the tradition of political activism, Lebowski Fest is teaming up with to register participants to vote and raise awareness about voters’ rights.
The festivities begin on Friday, August 13th at the world-famous Knitting Factory in Manhattan, featuring a midnight screening of the film and appearances by Jeff “The Dude” Dowd and The Squallis Pupeteers. Music by New York’s own Bling Kong, The Trouble With Sweeney, AM Sunday, SKL as “Autobahn” and Medina Sod playing some Creedence.
On Saturday, August 14th, the Achievers will shine their bowling balls and head over to the 64 lane two-story Cozy Bowl in Queens for unlimited bowling, costume and trivia contests, appearance by Jeff “The Dude” Dowd, White Russians, and what-have-you. Tickets are $25 and includes bowling and shoe rental.

For more info, visit the Lebowski Fest website.

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