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Monday, 7 September 2015

FRANK ZAPPA: Finding Compelling Characters

Alex Winter may be best known for the big screen “excellent adventures” he and Keanu Reeves got themselves caught up in as the time-traveling metalhead duo of Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted Logan.

Acting in Bill & Ted-style romps, though, just isn’t the kind of thing that interests Winter anymore. And since putting acting behind him in the ’90s, Winter has re-emerged in recent years as a documentary filmmaker. He’s drawn to cerebral projects with big, important themes at their core, projects that let him tell the stories of misunderstood and often difficult men.

It’s a career turn that might seem unexpected, but for the fact Winter always preferred working behind the camera to standing in front of it. Fresh out of film school at New York University, for example, he happily wrote and directed commercials, and he’s continued to do that kind of thing—helming TV spots and a variety of episodic shows—throughout his career.

At the moment, he’s busy writing an hour-long drama for the Hulu streaming service—the details of which he’s keeping under wraps for now—in addition to starting work on his next documentary. With a working title of, simply, Zappa, it will examine the life of the idiosyncratic, outspoken artist and musician Frank Zappa.


Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..

On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

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