Magnolia Pictures will release the new documentary Zappa, directed by Alex Winter (Bill & Ted, Showbiz Kids, The Panama Papers) that will arrive in theaters and VOD on November 27.
Zappa described by the filmmakers as the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa, was originally slated to World Premiere at the cancelled 2020 South By South West (SXSW) Film Festival.
Billed as an intimate and expansive look into the innovative life of the iconic – and iconoclastic – musician and artist, the pic was made with unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage. It explores the private life behind the musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time.
Zappa features appearances by the musician’s widow Gail Zappa and several of his musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.
Director Winter commented: “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. Magnolia, with its long and distinguished history of platforming great cinema, is the perfect home for Zappa.”