The ridiculously charmed, "Forrest Gump life" of Johnno "Count" Zee..
Johnno "Count" Zee is a filmmaker, author, documentarian, cultural conservationist and musician who currently resides in the mid-west and travels extensively for research and leisure.
GENERAL Johnno Zee started pursuing his interest in the fine arts as a pre-teen and later picked up the guitar and began publishing an internationally recognized fanzine. He began work as a professional driver and gained a position as a "roadie" for numerous musical entities in the 90's including The Smashing Pumpkins, Janet Jackson, Beastie Boys, KISS, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, U2 and others. In 2000 he began work on his first public access TV program which gave way to opportunities in the field of moving media, and most recently, into the directions of documentary and feature filmmaking.
MUSIC Johnno Zee took up the guitar at age 15 and began to produce home demos at age 17. At 19 he formed the band BASE APES
with brother, Sam, and best friend, Adam. After the group disbanded a few years later he traveled to Tampa, Florida to produce two studio albums: Acid Orangutan - "The He-Man Woman Hater's Club
" and Vampire Circus
at age 24. The latter caught the attention of a notorios "death/black-metal" band from Tampa, Florida. Zee joined them for two albums, during which time Anton LaVey cited the act as being ranked alongside bands such as King Diamond, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, just before his death in 1997. Acid Orangutan, on the other hand, caught the ear of Howard Stern show celebrity, Richard Christy
, who asked Zee for permission to score his movie, Leaving Grunion County, with the music from the CD. The Count said yes and the rest is history. In 2004 the Count re-joined forces with former band-mate and brother, Sam, for the two song doom metal project, FROST & FURY
. He was founder of and guitarist for BOMB SQUAD in 2005 and was instrumentalist and producer for THE TORTURED for a short time between 2000 and 2005. Count Zee continues to dabble in home recording, focusing mostly on electronic music and metal. His Acid Orangutan CD became the soundtrack for the movie "Leaving Grunion County" and in 2006, the Frost & Fury demo music was featured as bumper music on the very popular comedy radio talk show, THE PHIL HENDRIE SHOW, until Hendrie retired from radio that same year. Phil returned to radio the following year.
PRINT Johnno Zee was first published in Crazy magazine in the 1980's. In the early '90's he entered the world of self-publishing with the infamous 'zine, DIE FAT PIGGY DIE!! The 'zine name was contributed by friend and artist Billy Spicer. Other contributors also included Randy Crawford. Contemporary 'zinesters included D.B. Velveeda, Tom Crites and Mike Diana
, who went on to become the first American comic artist to serve jail time for drawing a comic. Johnno credits Mike Diana for the creation of the moniker, "Count Zee". Johnno Zee has utilized the narrative from his series of paranormal videos to produce a book. Paranorm: Volume 1
is out now. He has completed a guide for the independent filmmaker called "Make Your Movie Right Now! The First Resource For the Beginner Movie Maker.
" "The Best of the Die Fat Piggy Die"
compendium is also now available. "Road Whore
", a book with insights into his traveling experiences over the period of 15 years is in the works.
FILM/TV Johnno Zee produced numerous episodes of the local public access phenomenon, The Johnno Show
until 2006 and produced content which aired on Howard Stern's iN Demand channel that same year. Previously, Johnno Zee co-edited, starred in and contributed a soundtrack for Richard Christy's (of The Howard Stern Show) early productions. In 2007 he released The Feud
, a parody of the infamous Hatfield/McCoy long-standing feud. In 2008 he wrote and produced his first feature, Redneck Carnage
is presently in production with Momo and writing the scripts for his follow-up features, Redneck Carnage Pt.2, Blood Bayou
, Dystopia: 2013
and an as yet untitled western film. You can watch Zee's numerous vignettes on YouTube.com and in the 3-DVD set, "The Best of the JohnnoShow" is currently available for a limited time.
Johnno Zee is also partnering with fellow indie filmmakers for The Vignette Project
Count Zee's Redneck Carnage
wins for Best FX and Best Feature Film at the Hollywood Asylum 13 Film Festival in New York City in 2011.
Johnno Zee is an American.