Part of SFFILM Festival
It’s been almost 30 years since Frank Zappa’s death, yet his legacy is prodigious. Granted unfettered access to the musician’s archives, Alex Winter (Deep Web, Festival 2015) unearths stellar footage ranging from Zappa’s first high-school group to the Mothers of Invention to his wide-ranging solo career. Winter also shows how the multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, filmmaker, and devoted family man boldly argued for artistic freedom in manifold ways. A film for devoted fans and novices alike, Zappa stands as the definitive portrait of this seminal artist.
After getting his start as a child actor and segueing into teen and young adult roles in films such as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989), Alex Winter turned to filmmaking. He made his feature writing-directing debut with Freaked (1993) and has gone onto a prolific career behind the camera in film, TV, and video, helming both shorts and full-length films. Among his work in recent years are the documentaries Downloaded (2013), Deep Web (Festival 2015), The Panama Papers (2018), and Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018).