The band produced the documentary themselves on their 1968 world tour
The Doors’ documentary Feast Of Friends, which the band filmed themselves on their 1968 summer tour, will be released next month.
The documentary, which was never completed, was screened at film festivals during frontman Jim Morrisson’s lifetime, but has never been formally released due to legal issues.
The film has been around as a bootleg for decades, and stems from a print which allegedly belonged to Morrison that he took to Paris with him when he moved there in 1971. According to rumour, he left the film in a paper bag at a friend’s house days before his death.
A remastered version of it will now be put out on November 11.
“It’s a fictional documentary,” Jim Morrison says in the film’s trailer (via Rolling Stone). “I can’t say too much about it, because we’re not really making it. It’s just kind of making itself.”
The project was funded by the band, but the revenue stream was stopped after Morrison was arrested in Miami for allegedly exposing himself to an audience.
Directed by Paul Ferrara, who also made Morrison’s 1969 film HWY: An American Pastoral, the film features offstage commentary and live performances from the band.
The new DVD and Blu-ray will feature an additional documentary – The Doors Are Open – which was also made in 1968 and centres around the band’s final performance at London’s Roundhouse. It will include bonus footage of the band playing poker, Morrison talking about the film’s character ‘Minister At Large’, shots of the band recording ‘Wild Child’, an altercation between the group and photographer Richard Avedon, and interviews with guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and Doors manager Danny Sugarman.