Beyond the Supernova


Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 14, 2017 4:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:60 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:ZZ Satriani
Producer:Satch Tours
Cinematographer:ZZ Satriani
Editor:ZZ Satriani
Print Source:Satch Tours
Satch Tours
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


For a whole generation, Surfing with the Alien remains the essential rock instrumental album of the 1980s, defined by the piercing sonic soundscapes of guitarist Joe Satriani’s technical virtuosity. Now, on that record’s 30th anniversary, ZZ Satriani chronicles his father’s 2017 concert tour through Japan and China with this loving tribute to a musician still at the top of his game. Fronting a hard-driving ensemble, Satriani proves he’s the master of sweeping solos, pulsing rhythms, and intricate fingerwork. But we also see him in his more meditative moments—discussing his influences, his love of collaboration (Steve Vai makes an appearance), and the struggle between the private person and the master showman. His craft is serious, but his rehearsals are playful and we’re given intimate access to a legend free of pretense and self-seriousness. With stylish flourishes and boundless affection, ZZ, in his directorial debut, celebrates a musical icon who has never tired of blazing his own distinctive trail.

Live music event to follow at Sweetwater Music Hall. Separate ticket required.

Additional Information

ZZ Satriani is a filmmaker based out of Los Angeles, CA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College in 2015, with a focus in film production and studio arts. He began his career initially pursuing production design in film. He has worked as an art director, set decorator, set dresser, and art assistant on works that include web content for Dollar Beard Club and Sara Schaefer; music videos and album art for Glass Animals, One OK Rock, Tim Darcy, K Flay, and Fickle Friends; and commercials for Lakmé, AMLAGLOW, and Waterpik. He currently works as a video editor and sound designer for Commonwealth Projects, as well as a filmmaker, with clients that include musical artist Banks, The Annenberg Space for Photography, and TROPICS Juice Bar. He has also worked with Ibanez Guitars to create a promotional video for his father, Joe Satriani, with whom he frequently collaborates.