Author and artist Moon Zappa has thrown her full support behind Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, a documentary that takes a clear-eyed, incisive look at one of music’s most iconic and diverse talents.
It must be hard to throw in an artistic, critical analysis of one’s parents, but Moon Zappa was more than up to the task during the interview. “(Frank Zappa) was definitely a satirist who was speaking in real time about what he was seeing in his day,” said Zappa. “And speaking to the politics, to the culture, and to injustice . . . and he was doing it with such humor, skill, and excellence. That’s a very unique combination of talents and abilities and insights. I don’t think we see it very often today.”
Below is my full interview with Moon Zappa, and during our conversation she talked about collaborating with her father on “Valley Girl,” what drives her as a person, and why Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a unique documentary.
Directed by Thorsten Schütte, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words opens Friday, June 24 in New York and Los Angeles.
Along with Eat That Question, the indie films Wiener Dog, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and The Neon Demon are also worth checking out. For more information, take a listen to CinemAddicts, a weekly movie review podcast I do with Anderson Cowan: