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Frank Zappa music documentary out in November


Agence France-Presse

New York, United States  /  Sun, August 9, 2020  /  10:04 pm
Frank Zappa music documentary out in November

French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez (right) poses with US composer and guitarist Frank Zappa (left), on January 9, 1984 at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, where he directed three works of Zappa. (AFP/Joel Robine)

Magnolia Pictures has reportedly acquired rights to forthcoming documentary Zappa, which is slated for release on US Thanksgiving weekend in late November.

According to Deadline, the documentary will offer “an intimate and expansive look into the innovative life of the iconic – and iconoclastic – musician and artist.”

Fans of Zappa will have the opportunity to discover “the private life behind the musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time,” thanks to a trove of archival footage.

The film, directed by English actor and Bill & Ted star Alex Winter, will feature appearances from a variety of friends, family members and collaborators of the late American multi-instrumentalist musician.

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Among them are the musician’s widow Gail Zappa, Mothers of Invention multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood, guitarist Steve Vai, Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington and bassist Scott Thunes.

“This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on, with a couple years of archival preservation in addition to several years to make the film itself.

“This isn’t your typical music doc but rather a multi-faceted narrative that aims to bring this complex artist to life,” Winter said of Zappa in a statement.

Meanwhile, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles teased that Zappa is “an incredibly nuanced and compelling look at the visionary iconoclast and the environment that formed him.”

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