Through his pioneering band, Mothers of Invention, as well as his solo work, Frank Zappa embraced a variety of genres, from rock and jazz to experimental and classical music, ultimately producing more than 60 albums in a career spanning four decades. An outspoken critic of the status quo and staunch defender of free expression, he was an iconoclast who literally inspired a revolution in Czechoslovakia. Granted access to Zappa’s personal archives, including thousands of hours of unreleased music, films, and interviews, director Alex Winter has constructed the definitive portrait of the maverick musician. 

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Director: Alex Winter
Executive Producer: Robert Halmi, Jim Reeve
Producer: Alex Winter, Glen Zipper, Ahmet Zappa, John Frizzell
Cinematographer: Anghel Decca
Editor: Mike J. Nichols
Music: Anghel Decca
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2020
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures