Sundance: Frank Zappa Doc Nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics

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'Eat That Question — Frank Zappa In His Own Words' zooms in on the iconoclastic composer-musician.

Sony Pictures Classics on Saturday nabbed a new documentary about Frank Zappa.

Eat That Question — Frank Zappa In His Own Words, directed by German helmer Thorsten Schutte, zooms in on the late iconoclastic composer-musician entirely through rare archival footage from his three-decade career. With clips of TV interviews and international performances, the film explores Zappa's unconventional and irreverent handling of the media, his irrepressible quest for enlightenment and his witty self-dramatization.

Sony Pictures Classics made the acquisition announcement of the doc's worldwide rights (excluding France and Germany) ahead of its world premiere on Monday at the Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres section.

"I'm delighted and I'm thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics believes in the film, and I feel we're in very good hands," said Schutte. "The news of the acquisition is really the cherry on the cake of our world premiere at Sundance."

The deal from NYC-based sales company Submarine was negotiated by Sony Pictures Classics with Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers,

Eat That Question was produced by Estelle Fialon of Les Films du Poisson (France) and Jochen Laube of UFA Films (Germany), and co-produced by ARTE France and SWR.