‘Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa?’ breaks documentary film funding record

KEY ART Zappa courtesy of zappamoviedotcom

Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa? – director Alex Winter’s effort to produce a documentary film about the life of musician Frank Zappa – has broken the record for most-funded documentary on Kickstarter.

Reaching $865,195 in pledges, the project has surpassed the previous record of $859,425 held by the Bill Nye Film campaign.

Winter’s project aims not only to fund the film, but to catalogue and preserve Frank’s at-risk archives, known as The Vault.

Winter and Glen Zipper (producer of the Academy Award® winning Undefeated) are the very first people outside the Zappa family to be given access to The Vault, a vast repository of never-released media (video, film, unreleased music, interviews, concert recordings, and more) from and by Frank, which has literally been locked away in a chamber beneath the Zappa family’s Hollywood Hills home since Frank’s death.

The Kickstarter campaign’s minimum goal of $500,000 was enough to digitise the critical parts of the archive and start production, but surpassing the goal promises faster completion of the film, plus more fan access to Vault contents.

Winter describes the film as “an epic saga of a great American artist and thinker; a major film event worthy of the scope of Zappa’s prodigious and varied creative output, and the breadth of his personal and political life.”

Find out more via www.Zappamovie.com

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Director Alex Winter explores The Vault

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Frank Zappa vault opens for definitive documentary directed by Alex Winter

KEY ART Zappa courtesy of zappamoviedotcom

Acclaimed filmmaker Alex Winter is turning to fans to help make the first definitive documentary about the life of iconoclastic musician, artist, and revolutionary Frank Zappa.

But Winter’s real goal is far more ambitious: This morning he launched a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter not only to fund the film, titled Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa?, but to catalog and preserve Frank’s at-risk archives, known as “The Vault.”

Director Winter and Glen Zipper (producer of the Academy Award® winning Undefeated) are the very first people outside the Zappa family to be given access to The Vault, a vast repository of never-released media (video, film, unreleased music, interviews, concert recordings, and more) from and by Frank, which has literally been locked away in a chamber beneath the Zappa family’s Hollywood Hills home since Frank’s death.

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Zappa at the UMRK studio, Hollywood circa ’89/’90
(photo courtesy of the Zappa Family Trust)

Before her passing, the notoriously discerning Gail Zappa granted the team unprecedented access to Frank’s life and archives, and said, “We couldn’t be happier to be working with Alex, an extraordinary filmmaker in his own right. With an advanced degree in perfect timing and a shared respect for conceptual continuity, we feel it is our duty.”

The Kickstarter campaign’s minimum goal of $500,000 is enough to digitize the critical parts of the archive and start production, but surpassing the goal promises faster completion of the film, plus more fan access to Vault contents. Backers can claim rewards such as a screen credit on the finished documentary, a visit to the Vault, an opportunity to play one of Frank’s original guitars, or even — for a big enough contribution — Frank Zappa’s house. That’s right, for a cool $9 million pledge on eBay, one superfan can have the ultimate reward: Full ownership of the 8,000-square-foot Zappa family estate, along with an Executive Producer credit on the documentary and a slew of other Zappa rewards.

Winter describes the film as “an epic saga of a great American artist and thinker; a major film event worthy of the scope of Zappa’s prodigious and varied creative output, and the breadth of his personal and political life.”

Find out more via Zappamovie.com

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Director Alex Winter explores The Vault

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New music releases, 2nd June 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 2nd June 2014:

Superunknown 20th Anniversary
Superunknown (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), Soundgarden

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Editions), Led Zeppelin
Hank, Hank Marvin
La Petite Mort, James
More Modern Classics, Paul Weller
New Eyes, Clean Bandit
The Moral of The Elephant, Martin and Eliza Carthy
Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Definitive Master), Morrissey
Sunbathing Animals, Parquet Courts
Breakfast, Teleman
Puttin’ On The Ritz, Frank Zappa
Dressed In Autumn, Mostly Autumn
Common Ground, Dave Alvin
Donker Mag, Die Antwoord
The Blues Came Callin’, Walter Trout
Lion, Peter Murphy
Disgraceland, The Orwells
Cut Your Teeth, Kyla La Grange
The Ways of Yore, Burzum
Constellations, Moulettes
Days of Abandon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Heartstrings, Howling Bells
The Ceaseless Sight, Rich Robinson
Copper Gone, Sage Francis
Only Run, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Casualties of Cool, Devin Townsend
Partly Fiction, Harry Dean Stanton
AKEDA, Matisyahu
Last One To Die, Matty James

All of the above and more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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