RIP Bruce B
Heartbroken today. I spent some very quality time with the truly amazing Mr. Bickford over the last few years. Grateful for that time and the work he did on the... Read more
Production Diary entry
Hola Freaks! A very quick, down and dirty update from the wilds of Bruce Bickford's home studio compound in Seattle.
We just shot an amazing interview with the amazing Mr.... Read more
GET A LITTLE!
AN AUDIO-ONLY UPDATE BY POPULAR REQUEST!
नमस्त, Freaks! Going to keep this short and sweet. We’re still awaiting last batches to come in. Though one piece of very cool news... Read more
A MOON BEAM THROUGH THE PRUNE IN JUNE! In which we discuss the end of things, the beginning of things and all things in between!
IT'S MUTHERS DAY: Celebrating the Birth of the Mothers. Winding Down Archive Preservation. PLUS: New Gems from the Vault!
HALLOWEEN: Celebrating Zappa-style
Happy Halloween, Freaks!
Guys, we have lots to talk about! For starters, today is Halloween. I’m sure you have at least some sense of why that’s significant in the world... Read more
The Return of POWDERED TOAST MAN: Art from John K. and Cal Schenkel!
As you mayhave already noticed, artwork has been rolling in from a few of my favorite artists in the Zappa world — FZ fans and collaborators alike!... Read more
IS THAT ALL THERE IS? The first new stills from the Vault!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Preservation is kind of a slow, expensive, and largely uneventful process. That said, it is pretty gratifying to... Read more
STINK FOOT: July preservation update, Apostrophe(’) audio documentary!
Here in the Vault, and in the archiving suites, we press on in the heat of an LA summer. Batch Two is moving through the preservation pipeline, and... Read more
Freak Out! It’s June 27, 2016, and that means...
Freak Out, Freaks!
You’re probably wondering why I’m here, in your inbox, today of all days… As some of you may have noticed, today’s a milestone in the history of... Read more
EAT THAT QUESTION: Something to tide us over
First things first: On this day in 1882, the late, great Igor Stravinsky was born. We already know he was a huge influence on Frank, in part because Stravinsky... Read more
THE MOTHERS OF PREVENTION: Inside the Film Preservation Process
Guten Tag Backers!
We are now deep into the preservation work, with multiple teams busily archiving the Vault materials. It’s truly a sight to behold and, of course, I want... Read more
CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER: Next Steps for Saving the Vault
We’re off to the races!
Under the watchful eye of Joe "Vaultmeister" Travers, my team and I have been deep in the trenches since the campaign ended, organizing... Read more
WE ARE NOT ALONE: 8688 Backers Raised $1.2MM to Save The Vault! So... What Happens Now?
Good "Morning After", Freaks!
Okay, not much brain power left, so bear with me... Our Kickstarter is over, and even though there's still a lot more to talk about, here's... Read more
WE'RE LIVE! Final Countdown is happening now!!!
After a few technical problems...
We're live and broadcasting right now.
Come join us for the FINAL COUNTDOWN!
HE'S WATCHING US: Just 8 HOURS LEFT! Final rewards added... including TOURS OF THE ZAPPA HOUSE, THE VAULT and THE UMRK!
Last Call, Freaks.
Just 8 hours to go, and then it's all over.
There's a ton left to do, so just a few announcements and updates:
1. We're moving fast... Read more
24 HOURS LEFT and 101% FUNDED! The Return of 818-PUMPKIN! Plus: New Rewards from the creators of REN & STIMPY and THE SIMPSONS!
This is it, Freaks.
Less than 24 hours to go, and if you haven't been watching the Kickstarter page this evening, well, I've got some huge news to share with... Read more
BIT OF NOSTALGIA: Who was Frank Zappa to YOU?
My Fellow Freaks,
For this update, I want to try something a little different.
I've been using most of these updates to talk about our progress, or why it's so... Read more
53 HOURS LEFT and 92% FUNDED! Plus: Zappa for President!
We're almost at the finish line, and now things are reallygetting crazy. I mean, in case you didn't notice, our Kickstarter page is now counting... Read more
WHY JOHNNY CAN'T READ: new ZAPPA COMPANION BOOK!!! Plus: Zappa's early musical experiments
We're closing in, Freaks!
Looks like a lot of you are still reading these updates: Since yesterday we've jumped up another $50,000, which means…
We've just passed $800,000 on... Read more
Five-Five-FIVE Ways to Reach the Finish Line! New Rewards, New Challenges, Friday Night Countdown AND… Ask the Vaultmeister!
Guten Tag, Freaks!
This is it: the final week of our Kickstarter to #SaveTheVault and tell Frank's story. And, if you haven't seen, I've got some greatnews to get... Read more
TROUT MASK REPLICA: Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
It's the beginning of our FINAL WEEK, so before we get to the meaty part of today's update, how about a quick progress update? Here's how things stand... Read more
SOUND CZECH: Zappa & the Czech Revolution
In our Kickstarter pitch video, I listed a few of my favorite unexpected facts you should know about Frank... and one of the mostunexpected is #9: that... Read more
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW: Frank Zappa vs. censorship + his letter to president Reagan
Guess what — excited to announce that you are now backers of the SECOND HIGHEST FUNDED DOCUMENTARY ON KICKSTARTER. And closing in on number one!!!
I’m diving a... Read more
ROXY & EVERYWHERE! (Roxy benefit screenings near you & more.)
Happy Thursday. We have just over one week to go, lots to accomplish, and lots of momentum! Oh, and lots of exclusive unreleased Vault clips justfor backers,... Read more
PROTO-MINIMALISM: A New, Simpler Plan to #SaveTheVault. Plus: The $660K Surprise and T-SHIRT DESIGNS!
Home Stretch, Freaks!
We’re ten days to the finish line, and there's still so much to share and do… but when I sat down to write this update, I realized... Read more
WHILE YOU WERE ART: A Cal Schenkel Kickstarter reward!
Home stretch, Freaks!
Wow, guys, we're barreling toward that $660K for tomorrow — which is the start of our 10-day countdown — and I cannot wait to show you some... Read more
IN-A-GADDA-STRAVINSKY: Frank, the Composer
First, some good news / bad news.
The badnews: we're entering the home stretch of our Kickstarter, and there's not much time left to reach our stretch... Read more
BEWARE THE FISH PEOPLE: Frank on religion (and the time Frank played the Pope)
Happy Easter, fellow freaks!
Now, for a lot of folks, today is special. But I’m pretty sure Frank himself would never have sent out a note saying “Happy Easter.” As... Read more
TOURING CAN MAKE YOU CRAZY: An artifact from Zappa's worst tour ever
Happy weekend, Freaks!
Yesterday, I shared a clip of Joe Travers guiding us on a tour around FZ’s office. It’s full of good stories and great FZ artifacts that I... Read more
THE RETURN OF THE SON OF... FRANK FRIDAY!
Hey Again, Freaks!
Today's the end of the third week of our Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa? Kickstarter campaign, so you know what that means: It’s FRANK FRIDAY.
What... Read more
THE AMAZING MR. BICKFORD: Brand new rewards from THE Bruce Bickford!
Happy Frank Friday, Freaks!
Yes, it’s #FrankFriday, which means I have an exclusive new clip to share... and if your ideal Friday evening would be spent exploring Frank’s office with... Read more
PHASE TWO: The Epic Update about why we need to KEEP GOING
I know, I know. This update took a lot longer than I was planning, because we needed to double-check a lot of details, and I wanted to make... Read more
FREAK OUT!!! (We've hit our first goal!)
HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS!
Last night, just before midnight PST, we PASSED OUR MINIMUM GOAL of $500,000, which means we willbe able to help preserve some of Frank's epic... Read more
THE RETURN OF FRANK FRIDAY: Featuring new footage from the Vault!
Hey again, Freaks!
First, a quick progress report:
With just five hours left in today's #FrankFriday Challenge, we're now less than $7,000 from our first goal! That is crazy!!!
And... Read more
ABSOLUTELY FREE: Bonus Reward for ALL OF YOU if we hit Goal #1 by MIDNIGHT PST!
Welcome to Friday! Man, where to start? Yesterday was huge, bringing in our biggest boost in over a week. How big a boost, you ask?
We're now ... Read more
EVERY GUITAR HIS SLAVE: zappamovie.com introduces ROXY screenings, new rewards, & more!
First, if you missed this morning's update... Our Kickstarter has now passed $400,000, which means we're over 80% of the way to our first goal!
Now, before you... Read more
YOU ARE WHAT YOU USE: The Drug-Free Life of Zappa
Today is already feeling good: We just passed $400,000.
That means we're now 80% of the way to our first Kickstarter goal, which would let us get to... Read more
SPIDER OF DESTINY (And four other scientific tributes to FZ!)
G'day fellow freaks!
Some of you guys have backed this project because you think Frank Zappa is pretty cool. Some of you have written to tell me you backed it... Read more
VOTE LIKE A BEAST: Go vote and make FZ proud! (Plus, Week 2!)
Welcome to Week 2, freaks!
We're now one week into our quest, and we just passed $350K of our $500K minimum goal —that means we're 70% of the way to... Read more
CONE-HEAD: How FZ got kicked off SNL (Plus: A letter from the Vaultmeister!)
My fellow freaks,
At the end of week one, we’re more than 65% of the way to our first goal, which is just completely fucking amazing. I just want to... Read more
FIFTY/FIFTY: Half-way to our first goal! Answers about the House, Zappa involvement & the Vault.
First things first: Holy Flipping Moley, we just passed $250,000.
That means that it only took us three days (!!!) to raise 50% of our first goal.
You... Read more
OVER-NITE SENSATION: We're on our way!
Welcome to Day Two! Woo-hoo!!!
There's already so much happening, but I want to start by THANKING YOU! If you're getting this update, it means you're one of... Read more