Join us for a night delving into the continuing Count Dante phenomenon. Filmmaker Floyd Webb will discuss his film and the Count Dante legend and then introduce Bob Calhoun, who will read from his punk wrestling memoir and sign copies of his book Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling after a Q&A.
BOB CALHOUN is the author of Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling. In the mid 1990s, San Francisco rocker Bob Calhoun took the name of Chicago comic book kung fu huckster Count Dante and joined the punk rock wrestling troupe Incredibly Strange Wrestling (ISW). ISW emerged from the back alleys and seedy clubs of San Francisco’s South of Market scene to headline the historic Fillmore and barnstorm North America on the Van’s Warped Tour. At the height of its popularity, Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong and Metallica’s James Hetfield could be seen tossing tortillas (which the promoters supplied) at ringside with the rest of the hell heads, boozehounds and tattooed party girls that made up ISW’s rabid following. It’s a story of urban misfits risking their necks for local celebrity in one of America’s most famous cities all told against the backdrop of the dot com boom and bust and an increasingly corporate entertainment industry.
FLOYD WEBB: Director and producer of the documentary film “The Search For Count Dante.” From Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta and raised on Chicago’s Southside, Floyd Webb’s background includes global work in cinema, photojournalism, publishing and advertising. He has found all of these experiences useful as a convergent worker, designer and consultant for the Internet.
After a 10 year career as a photojournalist Floyd was founder and creative director of the Blacklight Festival of International Black Cinema. From 1984-1995 the festival was one of the most critically acclaimed festivals of it’s kind during that period.
Floyd was an associate producer of the award winning Julie Dash Film, Daughters of the Dust(US 1992), and developed the Geechee Girls Multimedia website in 1995. He works as a consultant in film programming and online issues for The Raindance Festival of Independent Cinema in London and The Black Filmmaker Magazine Film Festival in London.