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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Alex Winter

USA | Documentary | 129

10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


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.

Director Alex Winter

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).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 129

Country USA

Director Alex Winter

Producer Alex Winter, Glen Zipper, Ahmet Zappa, John Frizzell, Devorah DeVries

Editor Mike J. Nichols

Cinematographer Anghel Decca