Thursday, June 26, 2008

Is this John Keehan from Floyd Webb on Vimeo.

I was wondering about the identity of the man doing thre demonstration at the 1964 2nd World Karate Tournament held at the Chicago Coliseum. Can anyone out there tell me who this is in the video above.

I got this footage from a friend an mentor of mine, filmmaker Tom Palazzolo. Tomwas active shooting film in Chicago since the late 1950s. If you think you know who it is in the film clip please email me at

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thanks to all the people who have donated to the film.

I have been a bit busy with bread and butter work as well as working on the film. So I have not had the kind of time to blog effectively as I would like. I would like to thank all of those who have sent in donations for the film. It is greatly appreciated. I will keep in touch with all of you via email concerning the progress of the film and send out passworded links to previews now and then.

The email support I receive is always welcome and appreciated.

I will be back to blogging regularly soon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Zohan and Dante? Anything I need to be concerned about here?

Now this is wierd. First Nacho Libre, and Jack Black biting of the California Count Dante, now Adam Sandler and Zohan biting off the martial arts/hairdresser/military intelligence faked death theme. Seems you can't keep a good legend down.

Someone wrote me asking about T-shirts and I had rto say I shut them down while I was in Federal Court. He wrote me back and asked me if I was suing Zohan. What is wrong with me??? I just don't have enough time on my hands. Look at that resemblance. My, oh my.

This is really good for a laugh. Viral promotion anyone. Some days I still manage to have a little fun.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Time for some FUN!!! | Fundraiser Friday at The Occult Bookstore

Meet the Filmmaker live and direct from Federal Court in Boston
FRIDAY, June 13, 7:00 pm | THE OCCULT BOOKSTORE | 1164 N Milwaukee Ave
From the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s John Keehan aka “Count Dante”was the
most famous and controversial figure in the martial arts and was deeply
involved with “the invisible sciences” and was student of Micheael Bertiaux.

Come to a PREVIEW SCREENING of the film, The Search for Count DANTE,
at The Occult Bookstore, Chicago, 1164 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:00 pm
Featuring a demonstration of Count Dante's Techniques by Master Chris Pieschala
I am turning up the heat folks. I am starting my first round of fundraisers for the next 3 months so I can be back to shooting in earnest by the end of August and actually finish the film by Dec.
My findraising goal for Augusrt is $8000.00

Spread the word if you are in Chicago. I will show a few clips, talk and for the special audience at the Bookstore a chat about what Michael told me and what I remember about the occult in Chicago when I was growing up.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Timeline tool

Today I have been making use of a timeline tool I found online. Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments(SIMILIE) is a project at MIT focused on developing robust, open source tools that empower users to access, manage, visualize and reuse digital assets.

Timeline will help me with the film and to give people a look at the process in a scrollable linear manner looking at my involvement with the idea, how I engaged it, pre-history of the character and his influences, what has been happening to me since I started the project. You can get a preview of what I have been doing here

One I master the timeline code I should be able to navigate from the early influences and introduction of martials arts coming to America, the relationship of Jack Johnson to Johnny Coulan and how that might have made an impression on a young John Keehan, events leading up to the court case and it's aftermath.

How I concieved of the idea, the forces that drove me to beginning this with no money and how I "found the film" I wanted to make though interactions I experienced all come to life in the time line.

The interface navigate in the same way Google map does. just hold down the mouse putton on the timeline and pull back and forth. I will refine the interface and the content over the coming weeks.


This is definitely a new world. I was contacted over the internet by Karl Kraft in the UK. He is a graphic designer with a bit of time on his hands so he offered to help me blag the film to martial arts schools and where ever martial arts is being practiced.

Here is an accounting from him of his trip to London.

London trip was good, got to pretty much everywhere I had planned for the days (and added many more as I came accross them en-route). Slightly held back by my train ticket times which had me arriving at 6:30pm on the Monday and going back at 2:30pm on the Thursday, so was really more like two and a half days than four, but can't complain about these discounted tickets.

Still I got round about 35 to 40 places total. As expected, the small grass roots type places were always really cool, and the big chain gyms etc required a bit of cajoling.

Luckily got breaks in a lot of the corporate chain places because one of the staff was 'a martial arts guy' and was intriuged to hear about the Count. Response is always positive as soon as people start to hear just a few of the exploits and sides of the man, sure you know that from your own experience :)

Always pushed a bit to 'save them the trouble' by putting up the poster while I was there as I'd 'brought my own sticky stuff', as I know there is about an 80% chance that it'll never make it off someones desk, especialy if its 'passed on'.

That's why I want to keep doing visits in person, rather than just sending a the poster with a covering letter via 2nd class mail (which I'm also gonna do for some other big UK cities that I cant visit, like Manchester etc..).

I got it put up in two of the biggest comic shops in London too. Next visit, really want to get in some arts/alt cinemas too. I know your not eligible for say UK arts council grants or anything, but people always know people, especialy in this Web2.0 world.

I'm gonna do a little online journal about the places I visit, which will focus on the actual physical spaces rather than clubs or people etc. Works out quite nicely since I'd always wanted to write something about these places (and have taken many pics over the years) but never had a way into it.

Hoping future visits will also yield some meetings with some real characters, the only guy I came accross in my planning was this guy who teaches a VERY ancient Egyptian martial art called Sebek-Kha, to quote ' Sebek-Kha is the oldest martial art in history. It was founded in Egypt by Heru-Ur (Heracles) in 45,000 BC' check out his pics too: Wow!!

Unfortunately I didnt get to meet Dr.Ramses Saleem, the Sai Academy is a church hall nursery from Mon to Fri, but did leave him a copy of the poster and covering letter.

Great to see there are a few of these real characters out there in the martial world :) Anyway, gotta shoot for now Floyd, included a little collage of the poster in-situ.

Massive luck everyday Floyd in everthing your doing. We really must speak one of these days on Skype :) Props & Love from this side of the Atlantic, keep safe, speak soon Karl.

ps. I have a friend with a camcorder so I'll send you the little clip of me hawking round you'd asked for, please let me know when is the latest you'll need it by as I'm tring to get in shape over the summer for my 15mins :)

Karl Kraft

THIS is COOL. He even found a place on WEBB St. in SW1. If the creative process does nothing else, it should be procreative. Thanks Karl. This will be a great extra for the DVD.