Earlier this month, British actor and filmmaker Alex Winter took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with a mission to raise $500,000 for the new documentary, Who the Fuck is Frank Zappa.
“Frank Zappa is one of the strangest, most amazing and influential figures of our era, but his definitive story has never been told. Now, for the first time ever, the Zappas have given us complete, unrestricted access o the contents of Frank’s private vault and their full blessing and support to tell his story.
“But before we can finish telling Frank’s story, we have to catalog, save, digitize and preserve a vast archive of unreleased audio, video, images, documents and more. Together, we can save Frank’s vault. And when we do, we’ll have everything we need to finally answer the question: Who the fuck is Frank Zappa?”
“Others remember Zappa as a political thought leader who founded the Rock The Vote campaign, testified before congress against censorship regulations, helped reconstruct the cultural identity of Czechoslovakia after a civil revolution, and, rumor has it, entered presidential race in 1993, shortly before his life was taken by prostate cancer.”
Here’s what’s in the vault.
The film will be the first ever all-access, fully-authorized documentary. Although the campaign is looking to raise $500,000, the true amount needed to finish the campaign is $3 million. Winters commented:
“I’m not sure what we’ll find in the Vault, but for every $500K we raise – up to our full goal of $3MM – I promise to share, ideally, as much as an hour of new material, be that clips of interviews, concert audio, unreleased music, scraps of video… We have no idea what we’ll find in there, but we’re excited to share our journey of finding out!”
Since its launch nearly two weeks ago, the campaign has successfully secured the $500,000 thanks to over 3,000 backers. It is set to close on April 8th.
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