Vital, compelling, and rip-roaring entertainment: portrait of a legendary American musician – a border intruder and an enemy of regulations

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. 

Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

2020, USA, 129 min., 18+
Alex Winter
Awards & Festivals
  • Cinema Audio Society Award nomination (USA) – Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures – Documentary
  • Critics' Choice Documentary Award nomination – Best Music Documentary
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Award nomination (USA) – Golden Reel Award (Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Documentary)

Currently on screen