Monty Python: Political Choreographer

A Conservative Party spokesman (Cleese) delivers a party political broadcast before getting up and dancing, being coached by a choreographer (Idle), and being joined by a chorus of spokesmen dancing behind him. The camera passes two Labour Party spokesmen practicing ballet, and an animation featuring Edward Heath in a tutu.

Once deemed lost, a home recorded tape of this sketch, captured from a broadcast from a Buffalo, New York PBS TV station, recently turned up on YouTube. It can be seen as an extra on the new Region 2/4 eight-disc "The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus" DVD set.

Shadow Campaign: Big $ in 2010 Elections

We're just over four weeks from a midterm election that could result in a major power shift in Congress. What is new this year is the way the campaigns are being conducted, and how much is being spent - not by the campaigns themselves, but by others: corporations, advocacy groups and individuals with deep pockets. Media analysts estimate a record-breaking - and jaw dropping - $3.7 billion will be spent on advertising alone. But by whom exactly? The 2010 "shadow campaign," as some are calling it, is on Need to Know's "Watch List" this week. Need to Know airs Fridays on PBS.

How to Cut Carbon Emissions

Whippersnapping climate campaign 10:10 teams up with legendary comic screenwriter Richard Curtis - you know, Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill, co-founded Comic Relief - and Age of Stupid director Franny Armstrong to proudly present their explosive new mini-movie "No Pressure". The film stars X-Files' Gillian Anderson, together with Spurs players past and present - including Peter Crouch, Ledley King and David Ginola - with music donated by Radiohead. Shot on 35mm by a 40-strong professional film crew led by director Dougal Wilson, "No Pressure" celebrates everybody who is actively tackling climate change... by blowing up those who aren't.

Kyle Eschen: World Magic Awards 2008

Kyle Eschen at the World Magic Awards 2008.

An...interesting performance by an interesting person.

I think the jokes made that act better than it really was...



"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

Homemade Spacecraft

Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space.

Inglourious Basterds: Hi Sallys

In September of 2010, film editor Sally Menke passed away. She often worked with Quentin Tarantino who liked everyone to say hi to her in between takes.

Imagine sitting in a dark editing room and suddenly hearing theses hellos.