a film about Z'EV





A portrait of the artist and musician Z'EV, known for his punk era scrap metal music - how his music changed and grew and how his personal journey led him to the margins of art and the depths of heart. In addition to interviews with Z'EV, there are interviews with a community of artists who have known him since the 1970s, curators who have encountered him in the 1990s, and young people who have only heard his recorded music or read his philosophical texts.



This film is divided in chapters and organized with both a narrative and a digressive structure. The structure is topic based, not strictly chronological. The first half of the film uses archival concert footage and interviews to establish Z’EV’s place in the world of art and music. The second half uses contemporary concert footage and interviews to explore the changes that led Z’EV to a more contemplative style. The film ends with an extended concert. There is music throughout the film, but at the end, you are immersed in the music and in Z’EV’s exploration of resonance.

I like the object to have a history already

It wasn't really junk




a film by Ellen Zweig

music by Z'EV

Lili Chin

sound design:
Ron MacLeod





with appearances by:

Bob Bellerue
Simone Forti
Zach Layton
Carl Stone
Ned Sublette
Johanna Went

and many others





launch of beautiful new professionally mastered DVD

at Cafe Oto, London

(on Z'EV's birthday)

screening at 7:30 pm, February 8, 2020


buy it here:



in Torino, Italy

March 13, 2018, 9 pm

Museo Nazionale del Cinema - Fondazione Maria Adriana Prolo - Via Montebello, 20 - 10124 Torino, Italia




available for streaming at



in Gdansk, Poland

April 4, 2017, 8 pm

Instytut Kultury Miejskiej

ul. Długi Targ 39/40 80-830 Gdańsk



back in Torun, Poland

November 11, 2016, 7 pm

Poniatowskiego 5/2, 87-100 Torun, Poland



in Bydgoszczy, Poland

October 20, 2016, 20:00

at Fonomo 5 music and film festival



special pre-release DVDs on sale here:



in London

October 6, 2016, 7 pm

Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London E1 4NS


This screening is the UK premiere of HEART BEAT EAR DRUM. Director ELLEN ZWEIG will be present for a Q&A; and the film will be introduced by a live performance by ANNE BEAN and RICHARD WILSON (Bow Gamelan Ensemble) who both worked with Z'EV. The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183386965403111/


in Krakow, Poland

June 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

Kino Studyjne Sfinks



in Lodz, Poland

May 6, 2016, 8 pm

Fabryka Sztuki



in Brussels, Belgium

December 4, 2015, 8 pm

followed by a live concert by Z'EV at 10 pm

Nova Cinema



in Torun, Poland

October 11, 2015

Transgressions Festival (Transgresje)

Kino Centrum in Centre of Contemporary Art



in Tilburg, The Netherlands

Saturday, September 19, 4, 6, 8 pm

(Q&A with director after last screening)

Incubate Festival

De NWE Vorst Kleine Zaal

Willem II straat 49


The Netherlands



in Berlin

September 8, 8 pm

SPEKTRUM, Bürknerstraße 12 12047



European premiere at L'Etrange Festival

September 4, 2015, 9 pm

Forum des Images, Forum des Halles, 2 rue du Cinema, Paris, France



special screening 

July 19, 2015, at 7 pm

Roxie Theater

3117 16th Street (between Valencia and Guerrero)

San Francisco, California



special preview screening at

Moviate Underground Film Festival


Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4 pm

Civic Club of Harrisburg

612 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


special preview screening at the Ende Tymes Festival


May 16, 2015, 5:00 pm

at Outpost Artists Resources

1665 Norman St, Ridgewood, New York






about Ellen Zweig

Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Ellen Zweig has been working in film and video since the late 90s, creating videos and video installations. During a residency at VOOM-HD Lab, she made “The Lonely Girl,” a short documentary video about a Chinese opera star living in New York City. (screened at: Anthology Film Archive, 2006; Pacific Film Archive, 2007). From 2001-2007, she created a series of video portraits of Westerners who had some relationship to China and several installations (at DDM Warehouse, Shanghai; The CUE Foundation, New York) that dealt with her attempts to understand China and to learn Chinese. Since 2007, she has been working on an homage to the documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens and his last film, “Une Histoire du Vent," filming as Ivens did in China. From 2007-2013, she documented Z'EV's concerts, collecting and editing materials for the feature length video, "Heart Beat Ear Drum," her first documentary feature.