Banger Films Announce Upcoming Full-Length ZZ Top Documentary

Feb 4, 2016

Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, is set to produce the first-ever feature length documentary exploring the fascinating, mysterious tale of Texas band, ZZ Top. The filmmakers, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, are calling out to fans for help finding rare photos, videos, and audio to tell the story.

“We’re big admirers of ZZ Top, so we’re thrilled to be working on this film. ZZ Top is rock’s longest-standing power trio and have influenced legions of rock, pop and country artists, but there’s very little archival material documenting this band’s past. So we need their fans to help us out!,” says Sam Dunn.

ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons noted, “We’re excited that Banger Films have undertaken the challenge setting the ZZ Top story into motion. The band is enthusiastic about the effort. Yes, it’s going to be a fact-based documentary yet considering the subject matter, we expect there to be a continuing element of the band’s infamous surrealism.”

ZZ Top, guitarist Gibbons, Dusty Hill on bass and drummer Frank Beard, ascended the rock ladder through a combination of infectious boogie-blues riffs, restless experimentation, and blistering live shows to become one of the most celebrated and successful bands of all-time. And yet for many music fans they remain a mystery. In the 1980s, when the group was at the top of the MTV heap, with fur-lined guitars, foot-long beards, a bevy of babes, and selling upwards of twenty million records, they remained shrouded in a gumbo of conjecture, folklore, and downright leg pulling. As 2016 dawns, with the band still beloved by fans and musicians alike, ZZ Top’s story remains untold – until now.

Leveraging on Banger Films’ own trailblazing documentaries, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and Super Duper Alice Cooper, the yet-to-be-titled ZZ Top documentary will be an unblinkered, uninhibited film featuring the band, their friends and intimates—stuffed with unseen footage and photos and never-before-heard audio tracks, detailing the band’s history. Viewers will witness the extraordinary story of three friends, each musical purists and master bluesmen on a lifelong mission to show music lovers a Texas-style good time.

As Banger FIlms digs deep into the vaults, the filmmakers are calling on fans to do the same by giving fans and collectors alike the opportunity to send descriptions of their ZZ Top footage, photos and audio to: with the subject “ZZ Top Fan Submission.”

About Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for Cinema, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award-winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.


About Banger Films

Banger Films is a multiple award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. In its first 10 years, Banger has produced smash-hit feature documentaries, TV series and live concerts, including the essential heavy metal documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006) and its follow-up Global Metal (2008); SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009); Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010); the “doc opera” Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014); Satan Lives (2015), a feature documentary about the Devil in modern times; as well as the biggest-ever TV series’ on metal and hard rock, Metal Evolution (2011); and Rock Icons (2015). In 2013, Banger launched a kids’ programming division, B-Minors. Upcoming projects include Hip-Hop Evolution, an in-depth series on the history of hip-hop music and culture, and the launch of an all-metal, global digital channel, BangerTV.


For further media inquiries please contact:

For ZZ Top
Bob Merlis/M.F.H.

For Banger Films
Lana Mauro
416-850-6580, 221