The ultimate portrait of musical hero Frank Zappa (1940-1993), made with an astonishing amount of unseen archive material. A fascinating insight into the private life and work of the enigmatic and socially critical rock star, who left a unique legacy with his 60 albums and social commitment.
In 2019, director Alex Winter’s compelling investigative documentary The Panama Papers was shown at DOCVILLE. This time he takes a completely different approach with his fascinating portrait of the extraordinary artist Frank Zappa. Zappa's widow gave Winter unlimited access to "the vault": an impressive archive full of images of performances, interviews, personal scenes and animated films. This gigantic amount of footage was digitized thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign that drew more than 10,000 Zappa fans. These new images are at the heart of a fascinating portrait, interrupted only occasionally by contemporary contributions from Zappa's widow Gail Zappa and artists/musicians such as Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.
Directed by Alex Witer
2020 129 min.
Alex Winter and Glen Zipper
Mike J. Nichols
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