Monday, June 09, 2008



'Interactive' documentary feature is selected to open the Mods & Rockers Film Festival in a two-day Hollywood blowout that includes Innes concert at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre-- the first artist performance in American Cinematheque fest's nine-year history

HOLLYWOOD (JONAS PR) -- The Seventh Python, Frozen Pictures' nonfiction film about musical satirist, Rutle and Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes that premieres June 26th, contains a unique interactive element that gives the power to the audience.

Eschewing the standard use of archival still photos and film clips for state-of-the art animation that combines the aforementioned elements into an innovative new method of biographical time travel, The Seventh Python also contains prompts that encourage viewers to expand and extend the film's scope in any direction they wish.

“This isn't a crawl through someone's photo or video archives. This is a 21st century nonfiction film that takes advantage of the almost unlimited resources of cyberspace,” says director Burt Kearns. “Neil's entire musical and comedy history is there online. We're giving the power to the audience and encourage viewers and fans to find it and do their own directors cut.”

“To be honest, we're sick of the old ‘stills and archival footage' docos,” says Brett Hudson, who wrote and produced with Kearns, “They're 20th century. They're old. We've been there and done that too many times. The Seventh Python takes us on a journey through the past, but Neil's story is set in the present and leads the audience into the future, just like Neil Innes does.”

As the filmmakers capture Innes in and around a series of concerts in Hollywood and Melbourne, Australia, then follow him home to Suffolk, England, they also explore the role of the Internet in spreading Innes' work to a new generation, as well as consolidating his diverse fanbase around the world.

“Neil isn't interested in being a star or even being the center of a movie,” says Kearns. “He wants the fans and viewers to be a part of this, and have the ability to take this story any way they want, and go as deep as they want. 

“And there are a lot out there.'”

The Seventh Python has been selected to open the American Cinematheque's ninth annual Mods & Rockers Film Festival, June 26th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The world premiere showing is part of a two-day spectacular that includes a special concert performance by Neil Innes on June 27th.

“Neil will be performing songs from the Bonzos, the Pythons, the Rutles and his solo career,' promises festival organizer Martin Lewis. “Consider this to be a living, breathing Neil Innes anthology! Or Archeology!”

The film includes interviews, appearances and performances by Innes friends, colleagues and protégés including surviving Pythons John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin; The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Oscar®-nominated songwriter Aimee Mann; comedians Phill Jupitus and Emo Philips; and an assorted Rutle or two, among others.

Showtime for The Seventh Python premiere is 7:30 pm on June 26th. Tickets are available for the film and the June 27th Innes concert online at or at the Egyptian Theatre box office.

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