Film Art: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words (2016)

WhenWednesday, April 4, 7pm

WhereWaters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial Street

PriceSeason Pass: $150 for PAAM/PFS members, $195 for general public (individual admission available at Box Office)


Dir. Thorsten Schütte; 1 hr 33 min; USA

Rock guitarist and composer Frank Zappa refused to be categorized or compromised, and the music he created in the ’60s and ’70s reflects just that. This biographical documentary by Thosten Schütte lets Zappa define himself with the same gumption and individualism he brought to his art.


This annual series is presented by PAAM and the Provincetown Film Society. Howard Karren, a former editor of Premiere Magazine, curates the series, introduces each film, and leads a discussion afterward every other Wednesday at Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial Street, Provincetown.


A childhood love of film and art has become for Howard a lifelong obsession. He studied film theory and semiotics at Brown University and got his MFA at Columbia University’s film school. That turned into a career of editing and writing about film and Hollywood, including 13 years at the national movie magazine Premiere, as well as stints at People, New York Magazine, and Sony Style, and editing the book Premiere’s Guide to Movies on Video. In Provincetown, Howard is the Arts Editor for the Banner, and has published essays on film and media in the annual journal Provincetown Arts. He lives in Truro year-round with his husband, Ed Christie, and also co-owns the Alden Gallery, and works as a consultant at the Waters Edge Cinema.


Founded as the PAAM filmArt Series by John Ives, Howard Karren, and Joe Fiorello in 2005-06, it began as a program of “films about art and films as art” screened at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum galleries with folded chairs and followed by animated discussions. Over time the series grew in popularity, and in 2010 Howard Karren moved it to the Provincetown Film Society’s Waters Edge Cinema, where it is now ensconced. From November through May, the Film Art Series screens 15 films per season, co-presented by the Museum and the Film Society as a community service. The line-up of titles is curated by Howard, who introduces the films and leads a discussion afterward.