Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear bathrobes.
Why has The Big Lebowski gone from a largely ignored film to a cultural touchstone spanning generations? What is it about The Dude – a religious figure for the non-religious, a model citizen for the perpetually stoned, a hero for a demented world – that appeals to so many?
Around this cult figure a philosophy, a religion, festivals, and a way of life has grown along with a following of ‘achievers’. One of these achievers is Wick. Bearing a physical and spiritual resemblance to The Dude, Wick appears as The Dude at music festivals, bike races, and other events not just to make everyone’s day better, but to support Funk Abides, a foundation he started that is providing the gift of music to underprivileged children through instruments and musical experiences.
In this film, we’ll look at what made The Big Lebowski work through interviews and archival footage. We’ll explore the cultural phenomenon of the film using Wick’s adventures as an entry point. We’ll follow him to events and witness his ministry of joy. And we’ll introduce Funk Abides – and giving back in general – as a worthy cause for all who abide.
This film is something we believe in, something we think will resonate with people, and something we want to see in the world. We are currently raising funds for production, and if we are fortunate enough to receive funding that exceeds our costs, we will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Funk Abides Foundation.
BROUGHT TO YOU WITH PLEASURE BY REEL23FILMS and THE DUDE