Everything Will Be OK - The Movie
Everything Will Be OK is a feature film that tells the story of the rise and fall of an amusement park in Cave City, Kentucky called Funtown Mountain. Written by Lebowski Fest co-founder and Ringmaster of Funtown Mountain, Will Russell, the heart of the story revolves around how the power of the love he has for his daughter ultimately saves Will from taking his own life. The film begins with a fateful trip to a quirky roadside attraction in Hawks Nest, West Virginia when Will is starting college which sets him on a path to eventually risk everything he has to buy Guntown Mountain and build it into Funtown Mountain. The film also explores the creation of Lebowski Fest and the rise and fall of Will’s retail store, WHY Louisville.
In the midst of a manic episode in 2011 involving the creation of a monument in Cave City called Kentucky Rushmore, Will proposes to the mother of his daughter on the chairlift at Guntown Mountain after meeting her just two weeks prior. It is this very chairlift that he would purchase as part of Guntown Mountain in 2015 and the same chairlift he sat upon when he ended over 19 years of sobriety by smoking marijuana which caused him to go wildly off the rails and ultimately broke into psychosis. This same chairlift would ultimately sink the project as it is deemed unsafe and found to carry a half million dollar repair tag. In the terrible aftermath of the episode, Will faces bankruptcy, divorce, custody restrictions, lawsuits, tax woes, profound depression, anxiety and humiliation and becomes suicidal.
Will ultimately decides to live when his sponsor reminds him how his ending his life would impact his daughter’s life and his friend gives him the mantra “Just Keep Going.” Will would eventually go on to launch a mental health advocacy organization called Everything Will Be OK Project that seeks to normalize the topic of mental health to create a safer world for his daughter. This film is aligned with the mission of EWBOK Project which is to normalize the topic of mental health.
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