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An in-depth look into the life and work of musician Frank Zappa.

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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self - Newscaster for Action News (archiveFootage)
Patrice Zappa ...
Self - Frank Zappa's Sister (archiveFootage)
Carl Zappa ...
Self - Frank Zappa's Brother (archiveFootage)
Rose Zappa ...
Self - Frank Zappa's Mother (archiveFootage)
Francis Zappa ...
Self - Frank Zappa's Father (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Don Van Vliet ...
Self - Captain Beefheart (archiveFootage)
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Self - Actor / Director (archiveFootage)
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Pamela Zarubica ...
Self - Zappa's Roommate
Bunk Gardner ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1966-1969
Ian Underwood ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1967-1975
Ruth Underwood ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1967-1976
Gail Zappa ...
Self - Frank Zappa's Wife
Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood ...
Self - Baritone Saxophone / Percusion (archiveFootage) (as Motorhead Sherwood)
Tom Wilson ...
Self - Music Producer (archiveFootage)
Ray Collins ...
Self - Vocal (archiveFootage)
Roy Estrada ...
Self - Bass (archiveFootage)
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Self - Keyboards (archiveFootage)
Arthur Dyer Tripp III ...
Self - Percusion (archiveFootage) (as Art Tripp)
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Self - Drums (archiveFootage)
Mike Keneally ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1987-1988
Cal Schenkel ...
Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self - Author, Former Member of the GTOs
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
The GTOs ...
Themselves (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self
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Self (archiveFootage)
Howard Kaylan ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Mark Volman ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Aynsley Dunbar ...
Self - Drums (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Jeff Simmons ...
Self - Bass (archiveFootage)
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Self - Keyboards / Trombone (archiveFootage)
Jerry D. Good ...
Self - Producer, 200 Motels (archiveFootage) (as Jerry Good)
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Self - Played with Zappa 1980-1982
Ike Willis ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1978-1979 (archiveFootage)
Ray White ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1976-1984
Bruce Bickford ...
Self - Animator
Tom Fowler ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Napoleon Murphy Brock ...
Self (archiveFootage) (as Napoleon Brock)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Ralph Humphrey ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Bruce Fowler ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Patrick O'Hearn ...
Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Terry Bozzio ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Tommy Mars ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Adrian Belew ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Scott Thunes ...
Self - Played with Zappa 1981-1988
Joe Travers ...
Self - The Black Page
Arthur Barrow ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Vinnie Colaiuta ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Sandi Freeman ...
Self (archiveFootage)
David Harrington ...
Self
Pierre Boulez ...
Self (archiveFootage)
David Raskin ...
Self (archiveFootage)
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Self - Czech Composer (archiveFootage)
David Dondorf ...
Self - Music Engineer (voice)
Susan Baker ...
Self - PMRC Member (archiveFootage)
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Self - President of Czechoslovakia (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Mundi ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Arthur Brown ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited)
Hank Dutt ...
Self (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Buzz Gardner ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
David Harrington ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
John Lofton ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Miss Mercy ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jean-Luc Ponty ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
John Sherba ...
Self (uncredited)
Kathleen Sullivan ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Sunny Yang ...
Self (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Alex Winter

Produced by

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Jade AlFitz ... location field producer: Los Angeles unit (as Jade Allen) / producer (as Jade Allen)
Jade Allen ... producer
Ivan Askwith ... co-producer
Douglas Blush ... consulting producer (as Doug Blush)
Devorah DeVries ... producer / supervising producer
John Frizzell ... producer
Seth Gordon ... executive producer
Robert A. Halmi ... executive producer (as Robert Halmi)
Eileen Kwon ... co-producer
John Morzen ... associate social media producer
Mike J. Nichols ... associate producer
Damir Omic ... associate producer / location field producer: Los Angeles unit
Jim Reeve ... executive producer
Marco Scaringi ... location field producer: Seattle unit
Alex Winter ... producer (produced by)
Ahmet Zappa ... producer
Glen Zipper ... producer (produced by)

Music by

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John Frizzell

Cinematography by

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Anghel Decca

Film Editing by

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Mike J. Nichols

Editorial Department

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Oneika Austin ... transcription
Joe Bogdanovic ... archival conversions
Brian Gee ... assistant editor
Tyler Gurd ... junior editor
Brian Hutchings ... digital intermediate colorist: Different By Design
Gregory J. Lanesey ... digital intermediate producer: Different By Design (as Greg Lanesey)
Harry Locke IV ... on-line editor
Tony Quijano ... on-line editor
Matt Radecki ... digital intermediate producer: Different By Design
Imran Virani ... assistant editor / junior editor
J. Warner ... assistant editor

Makeup Department

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Jorjee Douglass ... makeup: Los Angeles unit
Eileen Kwon ... makeup: Los Angeles unit
Charlotte Young ... makeup: Los Angeles unit

Production Management

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Jade AlFitz ... post-production supervisor (as Jade Allen)

Art Department

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Mike J. Nichols ... graphics

Sound Department

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George H. Anderson ... dialogue editor (as George Anderson)
Lon Bender ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound supervisor
Nicholas Bergh ... digital restoration: Endpoint Audio Labs (as Nick Bergh)
Montgomery Buckles ... sound: Los Angeles unit
Hunter Crowley ... sound: Los Angeles unit
Michelle Guasto ... sound: Los Angeles unit
Jesse Johnstone ... mix technician
Chris Kahwaty ... dialogue restoration specialist / sound effects editor
P. Daniel Newman ... sound effects editor (as Dan Newman)
Mike J. Nichols ... sound mixer
Alex Nomick ... sound effects editor
Ryan Owens ... dialogue editor
Nick Pavey ... dialogue editor
John Polito ... digital restoration: Audio Mechanics
Pernell L. Salinas ... first assistant sound editor
Matt Sheldon ... sound: Seattle unit
Martyn Zub ... re-recording mixer

Visual Effects by

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Max Colt Chyzhevskyy ... visual effects producer
Eric Del Greco ... animator / graphic designer
Stephanie Sweeney ... animator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kristiona Arnds ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles unit
Bret Curry ... camera operator: Los Angeles unit
Miles Custer ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles unit
Craig Devereux ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles unit
George Ellett ... assistant camera: LA Unit
Mike Garcia ... additional camera operator: Los Angeles unit
Mike Gratzmiller ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles unit (as Michael Gratzmiller)
Scott Kassenoff ... camera operator: Los Angeles unit
Michelle Kwong ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles unit
Samuel O'Melia ... additional camera operator: Los Angeles unit (as Sam O'Melia)
Joel Phillips ... first assistant camera operator: Seattle unit
Jacob Rosen ... camera operator: Seattle unit

Animation Department

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Bruce Bickford ... clay animation / original drawings

Music Department

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Nick Cimity ... additional original score
Mike J. Nichols ... additional music by
David Stal ... additional original score
Frank Zappa ... music by

Additional Crew

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Katy Alimohammadi ... production and clearance counsel (as Katy R. Alimohammadi)
Chuck Ash ... archival media (as Chucke Ash)
Ivan Askwith ... crowdfunding community engagement
Dee Bradley Baker ... kickstarter associate producer
Jon Baldachin ... kickstarter associate producer
Richard Berlin ... kickstarter executive producer
Reed Bovee ... digital restoration: Reflex Technologies
Peta Browne ... head of marketing
Matt Bustamante ... kickstarter associate producer
Van Carlson ... archival media
Goose Charlton ... sales executive (as Augusta Charlton)
Nada Cirjanic ... head of sales and acquisitions
Andee Cohen Nathanson ... additional material: Hot Rats cover photo (as Andee Nathanson)
David C. Crosthwait ... digital restoration: DC Video Corporation (as David Crosthwaite)
Ana Damalas ... kickstarter executive producer
Kieran de Leon-Horton ... clearance coordinator / production assistant: Los Angeles unit / production office coordinator
Rudi Dolezal ... archival media
Steve Durgin ... archival media
Henry Eshelman ... crowdfunding project public relations
Nash Farashahi ... kickstarter associate producer
Sean Farnel ... festival consultant
Ray Favata ... archival media
Barry Feinstein ... archival media
Ellen Fraser ... legal and business affairs: Great Point Media / legal and business affairs: Roxbourne Media Limited
Christian D. Freeman ... archival assistant (as Christian Freeman) / crowdfunding community engagement (as Christian Freeman) / key production assistant (as Christian Freeman) / production assistant: Los Angeles unit (as Christian Freeman)
Nicholas Garaas ... manager: Bruce Bickford
Lynn Goldsmith ... additional material
Holland Greco ... staff: Zappa Records
Barry Hansen ... additional material (as Doctor Demento)
John Kennedy Harrison II ... kickstarter associate producer
Matthew Hirsch ... crowdfunding project public relations
Yoram Kahana ... archival media
John Kaminski ... kickstarter associate producer
Barbara Karen ... production accountant
Jayne Kennedy ... key researcher (as Jayne Marie Kennedy)
Roelof Kiers ... archival media
Lauren Krikorian ... kickstarter executive producer
Wolfhard Kutz ... kickstarter associate producer
Eileen Kwon ... assistant to Alex Winter / production assistant: Los Angeles unit
Brad Lake ... kickstarter executive producer
Vanessa Lauren ... crowdfunding community engagement
Henning Lohner ... archival media
Matthew Longfellow ... archival media
Laura Macara ... production executive: Great Point Media / production executive: Roxbourne Media Limited
Tiffany Malloy ... public relations
Nicholas Manting Brewer ... archival researcher (as Nick Manting-Brewer)
Alexandra Marvar ... crowdfunding associate producer / crowdfunding community engagement
Malcolm McNab ... archival media
Keith McNulty ... teleprompter operator
John Morzen ... associate social media producer
Christopher Murrie-Green ... kickstarter associate producer (as Christopher Murrie)
Thomas Nordegg ... archival media
Randi Norman ... kickstarter executive producer
Peter Occhiogrosso ... archival media
Chris Perez ... production and clearance counsel (as Chris L. Perez)
Thomas Pike ... crowdfunding community engagement
Larry Rosner ... kickstarter associate producer
Elias Savada ... copyright researcher
Steve Schapiro ... archival media
Dana Luery Shaw ... crowdfunding community engagement
Melanie Starks ... staff: Zappa Records
Matt Stevens ... production executive: Great Point Media / production executive: Roxbourne Media Limited
Wyatt Stone ... archival research
Daniel Sundvik ... sales assistant
Marshall Sutton ... kickstarter associate producer
Dan Sykes ... kickstarter executive producer
Joe Travers ... archivist: Zappa Records / digital restoration
Rose Trimboli ... crowdfunding project assistant
The Turtles ... additional material
Ruth Underwood ... additional material
Edgard Varèse ... additional material
J. Warner ... digital restoration
Haskell Wexler ... archival media
Austin Wilkin ... research consultant
Elizabeth Wiltsie ... crowdfunding community engagement
Leroy Winter ... production assistant: Los Angeles unit
Kok-yee Yau ... production executive: Great Point Media / production executive: Roxbourne Media Limited
Michael Yonchak ... kickstarter associate producer
Mounia Ziat ... kickstarter executive producer
Sydney Morin ... assistant to Glen Zipper (uncredited)

Thanks

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Alma Aguilar ... special thanks
Dax Alvarez ... thanks
Rodney Ascher ... thanks
Ivan Askwith ... special thanks
Darren Barnett ... thanks
Bruce Bickford ... in memory of / thanks
Tim Burns ... thanks
Del Casher ... thanks
Godfrey Cheshire ... thanks
Jason John Cicalese ... special thanks (as Jason Cicalese)
Janet Cowperthwaite ... thanks
Beverly D'Angelo ... thanks
Andrew Daw ... thanks
Pamela Des Barres ... thanks
Kyle Robert Duncan ... special thanks
Steve Durgin ... special thanks
Hank Dutt ... thanks (as Henry Dutt)
Bunk Gardner ... thanks
Peter Girardi ... thanks
Tina Grohowski ... special thanks
David Harrington ... thanks
John Kennedy Harrison II ... special thanks
Russell Hollander ... thanks
Patricia Joseph ... thanks
Mike Keneally ... thanks
Robert Koch ... special thanks (as Arkay)
Shana Muldoon ... thanks (as Shana Muldoon Zappa)
Susan Murphy ... backer
Craig Myers ... special thanks
Ramsey Naito ... thanks
Chris Opperman ... special thanks
Tim Pace ... thanks
Steven Pearl ... thanks
John Petitt ... special thanks (as Jaypfunk)
Leo Pinnock ... thanks
Johnny Psychotic ... special thanks (as Joey Psychotic)
Mike Redman ... thanks
Bruce Resnikoff ... thanks
Richard Scheltinga ... thanks
John Sherba ... thanks
Owen Sloane ... thanks (as Owen J. Sloane)
Tom Stern ... thanks
Joel Stillerman ... thanks
Scott Thunes ... thanks
Joe Travers ... thanks
Ian Underwood ... thanks
Ruth Underwood ... thanks
Steve Vai ... thanks
Peter Van Laerhoven ... special thanks
Jeff Walker ... thanks
Ray White ... thanks
Sunny Yang ... thanks
Ahmet Zappa ... thanks
Arrow Zappa ... thanks
Diva Zappa ... thanks
Dweezil Zappa ... thanks
Gail Zappa ... in memory of / thanks
Halo Zappa ... thanks
Moon Unit Zappa ... thanks (as Moon Zappa)
Robert Zappa ... in memory of (as Robert 'Bobby' Zappa)
Thom Zimny ... thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Заппа (Russia)
  • Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa?
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was not financed by crowdfunding, contrary to popular belief. The Kickstarter campaign was aimed solely at preserving and restoring the contents of the Zappa vault. The film that resulted from that preservation was itself financed by conventional backers. See more »
Movie Connections Features The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952). See more »
Soundtracks Bolero See more »
Quotes Ruth Underwood: It was that type of music that he could produce that was a product of everything that was in him. But you couldn't really categorize it. You couldn't say, Oh yeah, that's rock and roll, 'cause it wasn't.
Ruth Underwood: It's jazz. No. It really wasn't. It's pop music. No. Not at all. Well, what the hell is it?
Ruth Underwood: It's Zappa.
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