With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. When filmmaker Alex Winter first began the preservation work on the vault, he discovered hours and hours of never-before-heard interviews that Frank had stored away. Winter told Rolling Stone "he’s a great storyteller and I was able to have him essentially narrate the story of his own life. Meaning he would begin an anecdote in 1969, continue the thought in 1980 and finish the same story in 1991. It allowed us to create a kind of kaleidoscopic perspective of Frank in time, not unlike his music.”
As a bonus, immediately following the film, there is a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.
3 day rental • NR • 129 min.
“This is the definitive Frank Zappa documentary.“
— Ahmet Zappa
"Few public figures rejected both the establishment and anti-establishment with the vehemence of Frank Zappa."
— Film Threat