Tiger Khan: Requiem for the Universal Man
Tiger Khan was poised for greatness. According to Jeff Archer, despite his in-ring shenanigans as a bad guy from India, he was a most humble and quiet human being. By 1998, he was the champion of the Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling organization. Rarely did someone his age wear the belt of a pro wrestling promotion. At age 25, Tiger had all the credentials to go to the top of his career.
He was found dead in his Anaheim apartment at age 33. This documentary features previously unseen footage of Tiger Khan and his parents being interviewed by Evan Ginzburg (associate producer, The Wrestler), and memories from the wrestling community (including Leapin’ Lanny Poffo). The footage of Tiger Khan in his apartment was shot during the production of the indie wrestling documentary, Wrestling Then and Now.
Tiger Khan, along with Killer Kowalski and Don ‘Dr. Death’ Arnold, appear in Wrestling Then and Now. Those three are no longer with us. Yet, we can still remember their presence through videos and photos on Instagram, YouTube, and a variety of social media.
“An absorbing and surprisingly thoughtful meditation on the place of religion in contemporary society.” Film Threat.
Roger Bunyan (Dallas Munroe) and Pete Jackson (Bart Aikens) are two bible college students out to win souls in this feature length movie that explores the world and mindset of two independent fundamental Baptists.
Bible Madness was my first independent project after my ‘tutorial’ from Long Beach Community Television. I always wanted to make a movie about fundamentalism. I graduated from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in 1980. Tim Tebow, quarterback for the NY Jets, played at TCA for one season due to a Florida law that allowed homeschooled children to play sports at established schools. Bob Gray, the pastor of Trinity, would eventually resign to serve as a missionary in Germany. There were rumors, at the time this movie was being made, that he might have left for less noble reasons. This would be revealed after his arrest in 2006 for serial child molestation.
If YouTube had been around in those days, perhaps I would have just made a short subject. Since it was not, I felt compelled to make a full blown feature using a Hi-8 camera and renting sound and editing equipment. Had I waited a mere three or four years, my costs could have been cut in half by using AVID for Windows or Final Cut Pro. In those days, I had to edit by the hour which sent the costs soaring to nearly $10,000. Although I was disappointed by the limitations imposed by finances, Bible Madness would pay for itself in other ways.
It was cited in a number of articles regarding various issues regarding fundamentalism. Brills Content, OC Weekly, The Imp, Rock City News, and Los Angeles magazine mentioned Bible Madness. Brills Content, The Imp, and Los Angeles, in particular, noted the Jack Chick references in the movie. Film Threat gave it 3 1/2 stars and a positive review. A graphic advertising Bible Madness can be seen in a news report concerning a public awareness event on the subject of religious abuse that I held in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the most memorable screenings, though, was at Fuels Coffeehouse in Jacksonville following the 20 year reunion of Trinity Christian Academy’s Class of 1980.
It screened at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, in 2006. I had to cut 9 minutes so it would fit on the DVD. Thanks to the miracle of streaming, and not being confined with time limitations, this is the complete version of Bible Madness. The streamlined theatrical version (called ‘the authorized version’ since it’s ‘authorized’ to be screened in theaters) is still available (with a different musical soundtrack) at amazon video on demand.
James Brewer’s Erotic Playing Cards
The Forbidden Deck, aka James Brewer’s Erotic Playing Cards, combines music and a Ken Burn’s effect to Brewer’s work. Inspired by death cards used by troops in Vietnam, Brewer turns it into a celebration of life. His cards have sold out and are now collector’s items. This short, which was screened in gallery and museum shows wherever his cards were on display, remains the only way (short of knowing a collector) to experience this dazzling combination of sensuality, fire works, and drawing with light.
James Brewer graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His clients have included Avon, Thomases English Muffins, Harcourt Brace Jovovavoich and many motion picture companies.
Dwayne Walker, producer and editor of James Brewer’s Erotic Playing Cards, is the director of the cult movie, BIBLE MADNESS, and the documentary WRESTLING THEN AND NOW.
WRESTLING THEN AND NOW
Available streaming! For the first time!
Wrestling- Then & Now- The Movie is a documentary from noted underground film director Dwayne Walker and the Associate Producer of The Wrestler, Evan Ginzburg.
Go on the road with Evan as he talks to the greats of the sport in a film that has something for everyone.
If you’re a fan of “old school”- who better than the late, great Killer Kowalski, Nikolai Volkoff, and Don “Dr. Death” Arnold to show you the ropes as they talk about not only wrestling but their philosophies on life and the extraordinary experiences they’ve had travelling the world?
And if you’re a fan of today’s wrestling, see a young, outspoken Homicide, hardcore icon Lowlife Louis Ramos and indie stars from coast to coast like The Mambo King talk about all aspects of the sport: injuries, “the road”, the women’s division, overzealous fans, the ever-present “paying dues,” and much, much more.
Plus one of the casualties of the wrestling game, Tiger Khan, talks about the path he was on- filmed just a few years before his untimely passing at age 33.
It’s a film that takes you deep inside the pro wrestling world- and particularly the real East Coast indie scene.
And for you fans of women’s wrestling, you don’t want to miss the clips of ultra stiff body builder, Kasie Kavanaugh, in her ring debut with former WWE worker Bryan Walsh. This is something truly different.
Click here to download your copy.
Civilized Discourse: An Interview with Steve Allen
Steve Allen consented to be interviewed by me, a public access producer newly arrived from Florida. I received a letter from his secretary. Even she seemed surprised. She wrote, ‘apparently Mr. Allen has agreed to be interviewed’. The day of the interview, the camera at the public access station took a fall. Fortunately, the director of the program had a Hi-8 camera. We took the studio lights, microphones, and her camera to Allen’s office in Burbank (called ‘Meadowlane’).
He was my second celebrity interview.
Hyapatia Lee, an adult film actress, was my first. I interviewed her about being abused and bad advice she received from a Southern Baptist minister. (He suggested, “Let’s pray for your forgiveness.”)
Meeting of Minds, Steve Allen’s PBS program, had actors portraying great historical figures. They discussed their role in history but also commented on the activities of those not of their era. Watching Meeting of Minds was also an exercise in critical thinking!
Steve Allen endorsed censorship. This was anathema to me. One of the questions I asked him concerned his views on censorship. It wasn’t a surprising question. My introductory letter to Steve Allen mentioned that censorship would be one of my questions.
I’m not an advocate of censorship, but, one thing I’ll say for that afternoon interview, Steve Allen acknowledged my questions. He addressed the reasoning behind the questions. So few people in real life, celebrated or not, will even take the time to mention you made a good argument even if they disagreed with your conclusions. Hate crimes. Political leaders embracing anti-intellectual values. Abortion. None of these questions were off limits in our interview.
I ran into Steve Allen on three different occasions a few years after our interview.
He didn’t seem to recognize me, nor did I feel the need to say, “Remember when I interviewed you for about 45 minutes in your office?”
He did consent to an interview with another public access producer at my studio. I operated the camera. Still no recognition.
A friend had given me a bag of chocolate kisses. The producer, without even asking, let Steve Allen walk away with my bag.
“Where did my chocolate kisses go?”
“Steve Allen took them.”
The producer denied she gave my kisses to Steve Allen, but I will always have my doubts.
At least now, I can finally let the dark secret out: Steve Allen stole my kisses!
These days people are more opinionated than informed. It’s tempting to invoke nostalgia and long for the days of Steve Allen, when people in the media actually engaged in civilized discourse. The reality is we can resolve ourselves to informed opinions as opposed to simply being opinionated. We can pledge to let the scientific method into our lives with the same dedication as a religious devotee.
We can resolve to judge on the evidence and resist the will of the mob. To not be afraid to change our minds if evidence shows we are on the wrong track. To question all things and not be offended when someone questions us. And learn not to be offended by humor. As Mark Twain and others have pointed out, if you have an unpopular idea, better make them laugh or else they might kill you.
We can let others complete their sentences! The possibilities are endless!
Let us commit ourselves to reason and to a civilized discourse.
Steve Allen wrote ‘This Could Be The Start of Something Big’, sung here by Pia Zadora: