Alex Winter is making a documentary about Zappa and offering his long-time family house as the top prize
Prolific experimental musician Frank Zappa has an incredible cult following, so there will probably be a lot of eyes on the unusual online listing for a major piece of Zappa memorabilia. Dangerous Minds reports that documentary filmmaker Alex Winter (who played Bill in the Bill & Ted movies alongside Keanu Reaves) is working on a doc called Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa?, and, for the film’s crowdfunding drive, is offering as a prize something “so absurd and expensive that we’re not even allowed to offer it through Kickstarter”: the Zappa family’s Hollywood Hills house, where Frank Zappa lived along with his family from 1968 until his death in 1993.
According to Wired, “the bulk of that $9 million” will go toward purchasing the house from the family, not toward funding the doc, and comes along with an executive producer credit on the film. The eBay page advertising the sale lists among the house’s amenities the section that once served as the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, the studio where Frank and others recorded “since the 1980s,” and the storage room known as The Vault, where Zappa “kept his private archives under lock and key” while he lived there.
The Vault’s contents don’t come along with the sale; those will be saved, archived, and maybe even put out as new Zappa records; part of the proceeds from the house’s sale would go toward covering those kinds of expenses, says DM. The house also has a swimming pool, a guest house, a tennis court on the roof, and outdoor mosaic art. The few photos in the eBay listing show that the 8,000-square-foot house’s interior is in probably going to need some updates, at least stylistically.
The eBay listing is set to expire in just under 29 days.