Saturday, May 31, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: "Tickets now on sale for the world premiere of 'The Seventh Python' starring Neil Innes"

Tickets now on sale
for the world premiere

of 'The Seventh Python'

starring Neil Innes

Tickets are now on sale for the June 26th world premiere of The Seventh Python, the nonfiction musical film about the life, work and philosophy of musical satirist and Monty Python utility player Neil Innes.

The film from the indie Frozen Pictures will open the American Cinematheque's ninth annual Mods & Rockers Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Neil Innes will be on hand for the premiere, and will perform a special concert at the theatre the following evening.

The historic theatre on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is seen as a fitting venue for the premiere. The Seventh Python explores Innes' four-decade aversion to the star-making machinery, and the inevitable triumph of artistry over celebrity.

The film, which makes use of innovative animation techniques that brings the rock biopic into a new Bonzo-Pythonesque level, has also been billed as the first 'interactive documentary,' because it actively leads viewers from the theatre to the Internet for more.

Along with Innes, The Seventh Python features surviving Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin; Simpsons creator Matt Groening; acclaimed songwriter and Academy Award® nominee Aimee Mann; comedian Phill Jupitus; film composer John Altman; and comic Emo Philips, among others.

The film's narrative is built around a series of concerts Innes performs in Hollywood as he faces an unexpectedly wide and diverse new fanbase, thanks to the Internet. As it his winding career from art school through The Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, work with the Beatles, Monty Python and The Rutles, it features performances from Hollywood, the UK, Melbourne, Australia, and a Malibu fire zone-- including some rollicking numbers with Eric Idle.

The film was directed by Burt Kearns, who wrote and produced with Brett Hudson.

Frozen Pictures' credits include the 20th Century Fox motion picture comedy 'Cloud 9' starring Burt Reynolds and DL Hughley; the 2007 doco film 'Basketball Man'; the Bravo series, 'All The Presidents' Movies with Martin Sheen'; 'The Secret History of Rock ‘n' Roll with Gene Simmons'; and the current webisode series, 'The Venice Walk.'

Executive producer is Sean Connors; Keith Walker is co-executive producer.

The film is set to run at 7:30 pm. Tickets, available now at, are $10 general admission; $7 for American Cinematheque members; $8 for students and seniors at $7 kids 3-17.

The same prices apply for a special Neil Innes concert at the Egyptian the following night.


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