This Sunday the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will screen three Frank Zappa films
including the World Premiere of the famed musician/composer's Bunny Bunny Bunny
short from 1987 as part of the Turn Up The Radio: L.A. Rock On Film series.
The premiere of Bunny Bunny Bunny will be followed by a showing of Frank's
Cheepnis short as well as the full-length Uncle Meat feature. The entire
evening will culminate with a Q&A discussion with Gail Zappa, Moon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa,
Steve Vai, Jeff Stein (“The Kids Are Alright”) and Joe (Vaultmeister) Travers.
Here's more info on what to expect:
The 20-minute Bunny Bunny Bunny (ca. 1987)–directed and produced by Frank Zappa–will
kick off the event. The one-camera shoot stars daughter Moon Zappa (a couple of years
after the radio hit “Valley Girl”) in improvised dialog with her best friend Kyle Richards
and her cousin Lala Sloatman. Next up, coming in at 10-minutes, Cheepnis (ca. 1973)
features the only footage Frank Zappa cut together from his legendary 1973 Roxy concerts
and documents the director, bandleader, songwriter and musician at work. Cheepnis sings
praises of low-budget monster movies. Lastly, Frank Zappa began directing The Mothers of
Invention’s one and only full-length movie, Uncle Meat (ca. 1987), less than two years
after the group’s 1965 debut, but the film did not see release until 1987. Colorful
footage from their “Absolutely Free”-era residency at the Garrick Theater in New York, and
from the Sgt. Pepper/psychedelia-mocking “We’re Only in it for the Money” album cover
shoot is mixed with orchestral bits from a 1968 concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Plus you get Rodney Bingenheimer, Linda Ronstadt, Meredith Monk and others along for the
ride at the legendary Hollywood Ranch Market on Vine Street. Camerawork by the great
Tickets are available via the American
[Published on: 8/13/14]