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Film Review: ‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words’

1 February 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words” pulls together interview, concert and behind-the-scenes footage to commemorate one of the rock era’s most idiosyncratic star musicians. Thorsten Schutte’s entirely archival assemblage is most likely to be appreciated by the previously converted, as its stimulating if somewhat patchy overview of a multi-various career skims over or omits too many aspects to comprise a definitive introduction. Sony Classics picked up worldwide rights (excluding France and Germany) at Sundance.

A self-taught composer and multi-instrumentalist primarily interested in avant-garde music, the young Zappa is seen wresting sounds from an adapted bicycle (accompanied by studio band) on the syndicated “Steve Allen Show” in 1963. Also heavily influenced by free jazz, such experimentation won much attention if not wide commercial success with 1966’s “Freak Out,” his first album with the Mothers of Invention.

It established him as a challenging outlier in the rock field, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage round-up

1 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

All the news, reviews and interviews coming out of Park City.News

The Birth of a Nation

What were the buzz titles of 2016?

‘The Birth Of A Nation’, ‘Sonita’ rule Sundance awards

Sundance buyers wait to see if numbers add up

Six major deals signed in Park City

Fox Searchlight in record $17.5m deal for ‘Birth Of A Nation’

The Orchard snaps up ‘Wilderpeople’

Sundance unveils shorts winners

‘Indignation’, ‘Equity’ find Us homes

Amazon strikes $10m deal for ‘Manchester By The Sea’

Sundance director lambasts Chilean film support

Partners unite on ‘Under The Shadow

Spc takes world on Frank Zappa doc

Mongrel International boards ‘Little Men

Brainstorm Media sparks to ‘Resilience’

Buyers circle hot ‘Manchester’

Robert Redford addresses diversity

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’

Embrace Of The Serpent’ wins Sloan prize

Netflix acquires ‘Audrie & Daisy’

Magnolia takes ‘Lo And Behold’

Paramount Home Media in talks for ‘The Intervention’

Sundance Channel acquires five festival »

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Sundance buyers wait to see if numbers add up

31 January 2016 12:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon and Netflix stamped their authority all over Sundance 2016 in a busy 11 days when the numbers did and did not tell the full story of the festival.

The digital platforms have made loud forays into the (traditional) film marketplace at other times of the year, so it was never going to be a matter of if but when they would splash the cash in Park City.

At the start of 2016 the word on the street was that Amazon was ready to flex its muscles after Netflix dominated headlines last year as the Great Disruptor.

And so it proved to be. Both platforms either bought before the festival or on site in medium to large deals (Netflix paid $7m for The Fundamentals Of Caring; Amazon swooped on Complete Unknown among others.)

However Netflix became the real talking point of Sundance as its deep pockets failed to secure Nate Parker’s coveted The Birth Of A Nation.

Here was a film »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch: Boys Will Be Boys in Exclusive Clip From Ira Sachs' 'Little Men'

29 January 2016 10:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Ira Sachs Returns in First Look Photos for Sundance Premiere 'Little Men' After premiering to critical acclaim earlier this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Ira Sachs' latest family drama, "Little Men," is currently in a bitter bidding war between multiple distributors. Mongrel has already landed the international rights to Sachs' film.  Sony Pictures Classics has released two of Sachs' films in the past 10 years, including his last feature "Love is Strange," so they're most likely in the mix for his new project. The distributor has had a relatively light Sundance this year — their deals include the Frank Zappa music doc "Eat That Question" — and is probably looking to land an acclaimed feature. However, Sundance this year has been largely dominated by streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, so it's really anyone's guess as to who will pick up the movie.  Sachs' sixth feature follows 13-year-old Jake as he moves from. »

- Kristen Santer

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Sundance: Documentary Gets a Multi-Million Dollar Boost From Submarine and Grosvenor Park

27 January 2016 7:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Frank Zappa Sundance Doc 'Eat That Question' As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the high-profile documentary seller Submarine is launching a new investment venture that will see the New York-based company join forces with financiers Grosvenor Park Media for a multi-million dollar deal that will invest in nonfiction fare for theaters, television, Svod platforms and web outlets. Grosvenor Park, which has been responsible more than $1 billion in financing for over 400 film and TV projects, will provide financing, while Submarine principals Dan Braun, Josh Braun and David Koh will manage creative development and production of the slate of films. Submarine is one of the most successful documentary sellers in the business. They're behind Oscar winners like "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Blackfish," and they recently brought their biggest slate yet to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with well-received titles »

- Zack Sharf

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Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage at a glance

27 January 2016 6:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

All the news, reviews and interviews coming out of Park City.News

The Birth of a Nation

Fox Searchlight in record $17.5m deal for ‘Birth Of A Nation’

The Orchard snaps up ‘Wilderpeople’

Sundance unveils shorts winners

‘Indignation’, ‘Equity’ find Us homes

Amazon strikes $10m deal for ‘Manchester By The Sea

Sundance director lambasts Chilean film support

Partners unite on ‘Under The Shadow

Spc takes world on Frank Zappa doc

Mongrel International boards ‘Little Men

Brainstorm Media sparks to ‘Resilience’

Buyers circle hot ‘Manchester’

Robert Redford addresses diversity

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’

Interviews

The Lure

Babak Anvari, ‘Under The ShadowAgnieszka Smoczynska, ‘The LureAlejandro Fernández Almendras, ‘Much Ado About NothingElite Zexer, ‘Sand Storm’Felix van Groeningen, ‘BelgicaMirjana Karanovic, ‘A Good Wife’Rebecca Daly, ‘MammalYao Huang, ‘Pleasure. Love.’Doron Weber, The Sloan FoundationFEATURES

Source: Jemal Countess

Sundance 2016: the year starts hereSundance 2016: World Cinema film profilesNew Frontier strand »

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New Frank Zappa Doc Wows at Sundance 2016

26 January 2016 1:46 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It would be somewhat easy to do a straightforward documentary on Frank Zappa: zoom in on some grainy B&W pictures of him as an R&B-loving teen; chart his rise from Sixties avant-rock bandleader to symphonic composer, from antiestablishment iconoclast to anticensorship activist; interview some of the dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians inspired by him; drop in a few nuggets of We're Only In It for the Money or 200 Motels–era concert footage. Of course, Zappa was never one to do anything the easy, or easily comprehensible, »

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Sundance Review: 'Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words' Is An Engaging Look At A Singular Artist

26 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 1963, a young Frank Zappa appeared on “The Steve Allen Show,” where he used drumsticks and a bicycle to create a vibrant cacophony of sounds that must have been equally aggravating and fascinating to the generally square viewers of the program. After listening to Zappa’s bicycle-based orchestra, Allen gave a short speech defending artists who have the courage to push the boundaries of their medium, ending it by wryly telling Zappa, “I congratulate you for your far-sightedness. As for your music, don’t ever do it around here again.” Allen’s opinion seemed to encapsulate mainstream music fans’ initial reactions to listening to Zappa: They might not like what they hear, but it’s hard not to respect his dedication and staunch professionalism when it came to finding new avenues in musical expression, regardless of what genre the music business was exploiting at any given time. Zappa always did his own thing, »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words review - career highlights of a serious musical joker

26 January 2016 2:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This documentary about the oddball musician may not satisfy completists, but it’s still a fascinating run-through of Zappa’s greatest – and weirdest – moments

My wife can handle my snoring and my tendency to forget to do the dishes, but all bets are off when I drag out my Frank Zappa albums. To the great many people who just can’t stand the man’s music, it is an antic mess of arpeggios, endless guitar solos, puerile baby noises, irritating musique concrète and vulgar lyrics. (I’ll agree to a lot of this, and that’s coming from a diehard fan.) German director Thorsten Schütte’s documentary Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words would finally, I think, get her to understand just what it is that I love about the foul-mouthed mustachioed freak. That is, if I could ever convince her to watch it.

Like Steven Soderbergh’s documentary on Spalding Gray, »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Anna Gunn’s ‘Equity’

25 January 2016 1:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed worldwide rights to “Equity” on the eve of its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film puts a female spin on “The Big Short” and “Margin Call” by focusing on a group of women caught up in the world of high finance. The movie centers on an investment banker (Anna Gunn) who gets entangled in a controversial public offering.

James Purefoy (“The Following”), Sarah Megan Thomas (“Backwards”) and Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star. Meera Menon (“Farah Goes Bang”) directs from a screenplay by Amy Fox.

Fox wrote the story with Thomas and Reiner. Both women serve as producers.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of the producers by CAA. This is the second Sundance deal for Sony Pictures Classics. Last weekend, the indie label bought “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words,” a documentary about the iconoclastic musician. »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance 2016 Review: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, A Highly Entertaining Look

23 January 2016 9:01 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It was somewhat startling to me when I lived in Europe several decades ago that the catchy, upbeat tune "Bobby Brown" would be played regularly on radio. Sure, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it, but, given that the song is about a rapist who is emasculated while echoing the American Dream, it seemed a little provocative for mid-afternoon tunes. There's a certain masochistic challenge to being a Frank Zappa fan, to take everything in right from his Freak Out days through to the symphonic complexity of The Yellow Shark. His art shifted from "Louie Louie"-based three chord garage rock to noodling guitar solos to minstrel-like shows to Varèsian orchestral pieces, all somehow maintaining the unique character of the man....

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Sundance: Spc takes world on Frank Zappa doc

23 January 2016 11:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words has gone to the Sony fold in a sub-$1m worldwide deal with Submarine excluding France and Germany ahead of Monday’s world premiere.

Thorsten Schütte’s Documentary Premieres selection uses rare archival footage taken from Zappa’s 30-year career in entertainment. Particular emphasis is placed on his eccentric manner of dealing with the media.

The film has also been pre-selected for Germany’s Lola film awards and will screen in the Berlinale next month.

Spc brokered the deal with Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.  

Estelle Fialon of Les Films du Poisson (France) and Jochen Laube of Ufa Films (Germany), produced. Arte France and Swr co-produced. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Frank Zappa Sundance Doc 'Eat That Question'

23 January 2016 11:04 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Amazon and Roadside Attractions Unite for Whit Stillman's 'Love and Friendship' Sony Pictures Classics has officially thrown their hat into the Sundance distribution ring by acquiring worldwide rights to Thorsten Schütte’s documentary "Eat That Question - Frank Zappa in His Own Words" ahead of its world premiere in Park City. The deal excludes France and Germany. "Eat that Question" uses archival footage to create an intimate portrait of musician and composer Frank Zappa. Featuring rare TV interviews and performances from around the world, the doc explores Zappa's unconventional genius and and self-dramatization. The movie premieres at Sundance on Monday, January 25 in the Documentary Premieres section. "I'm delighted and I'm thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics believes in the film and I feel we're in very good hands," said Schütte in an official statement. "The news of the acquisition is really the cherry on »

- Zack Sharf

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Frank Zappa Documentary ‘Eat That Question’ Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics

23 January 2016 9:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Eat That Question — Frank Zappa In His Own Words,” about the legendary composer-musician. The film is told entirely through archival footage assembled from the performer’s 30-year career in entertainment including rare TV interviews and performances from around the world. “I’m delighted and I’m thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics believes in the film and I feel we’re in very good hands,” filmmaker Thorsten Schotte said in a statement. “The news of the acquisition is really the cherry on the cake of our world premiere at Sundance. Also »

- Itay Hod

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Sony Pictures Classics Lands Frank Zappa Docu

23 January 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights outside of France and Germany to the Frank Zappa docu Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words, which chronicles the singer/provocateur’s eccentric 30-year career. particularly unconventional relationship with the media as well as his witty self-dramatization. Told entirely using archival footage, the film includes rare TV interviews and performances from across the world. Eat That Question is directed by Thorsten… »

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Frank Zappa Documentary (Exclusive)

23 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics is close to a deal for the worldwide rights to “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words,” Variety has learned.

The film about the musical iconoclast is scheduled to premiere next week at this year Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Thorsten Schütte (“World Jazz”), the film uses television interviews and performance footage to make a case for Zappa’s influence both as a self-taught composer and performer, and as a thinker, whose opposition to censorship made him an inspiration for artists.

It marks the first major deal of the festival for Sony Pictures Classics. The indie label is usually an active buyer at the Park City, Utah gathering, having acquired “Grandma” with Lily Tomlin and the Oscar-winning “Whiplash” in past editions. It also comes as documentaries, particularly those about musicians, are gaining critical and popular attention. Last summer, “Amy,” a portrait of troubled star Amy Winehouse, »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Buyers eye Sundance discoveries; 34 titles to watch

17 January 2016 10:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Sundance and Slamdance prepare to kick off this week some insiders have predicted there could be a surge of activity from digital platforms besides Netflix and Amazon Studios.

The latter two are expected to be active – and indeed have already taken a few Park City titles off the table – yet there is talk of other well-capitalised companies mulling over a splashy entry into the acquisitions arena.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31.

Nimble digital platforms challenge traditional buyers

Faced with sharp digital rivals unencumbered by the need to spend on costly P&A and plugged into transactional data that enables them to target audiences with forensic precision, theatrical buyers will need to be on their toes.

The distribution landscape is crowded and unforgiving, yet creative marketing campaigns can pave the way to success.

Among others, A24 did it with Ex Machina and Fox Searchlight reaped rewards with its 2015 Sundance pick-up Brooklyn, earning Oscar nods »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Buyers eye Park City discoveries

17 January 2016 10:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Sundance and Slamdance prepare to kick off this week some insiders have predicted there could be a surge of activity from digital platforms besides Netflix and Amazon Studios.

The latter two are expected to be active – and indeed have already taken a few Park City titles off the table – yet there is talk of other well-capitalised companies mulling over a splashy entry into the acquisitions arena. The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31.

Nimble digital platforms challenge traditional buyers

Faced with sharp digital rivals unencumbered by the need to spend on costly P&A and plugged into transactional data that enables them to target audiences with forensic precision, theatrical buyers will need to be on their toes.

The distribution landscape is crowded and unforgiving, yet creative marketing campaigns can pave the way to success.

Among others, A24 did it with Ex Machina and Fox Searchlight reaped rewards with its 2015 Sundance pick-up Brooklyn, earning Oscar nods »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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CeeLo Green Kicks Off New Audience Network Music Series in Grand Style

15 January 2016 4:56 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As public launches go, the At&T Audience Network’s new series, simply referred to as “Audience Music” (at least for now), couldn’t have set the bar higher than Thursday night’s performance by CeeLo Green and Friends at the Theater At Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The larger-than-life multi-talent, who most people know from his judging stint on NBC’s “The Voice” and his trademark kaftans, astounded with the depth and breadth of his set, performing a range of recent and classic material from his oeuvre, as well covering everyone from Frank Zappa to Lou Reed to Supertramp. But it was the format that was especially refreshing, with the singer/songwriter-rapper-producer powered by a world-class nine-piece, jazz-oriented band — including three backup singers — that would have done the late singer-provocateur Gil Scott-Heron proud. The prevailing fashion statement was robes.

The affair was dubbed the “Open Heart Acoustic Show, »

- Steve Chagollan

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How ‘Youth’ Composer David Lang Snuck Highbrow Music Into Oscar Race

8 January 2016 8:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Like Frank Zappa, Yale professor David Lang is a highbrow composer with a taste for the bizarre, and an artist who has smuggled difficult work into mass culture. “Paradoxically, people are willing to hear stranger things in film than in the real world — film audiences are more open to music than a music audience is,” said Lang, whose art song “Simple Song #3” in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” is a contender for the Best Original Song Oscar. Instead of coming in at the end of filming, like most composers, Lang wrote the tune beforehand. The idea was to define the entire. »

- Tim Appelo

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