Unreleased Doors Film from 1968 Coming This Fall

Still image from Feast of Friends. Ray Manzarek with bikini-clad mystery girl.
Still image from Feast of Friends. Ray Manzarek with bikini-clad mystery girl.

In April 1968, the Doors began filming a documentary about themselves as they headed out for a summer tour. Financed by the group and shot by their friend Paul Ferrara, the film combined live performance footage and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments with the band members: singer Jim Morrison, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore.

The film, titled Feast of Friends, was shown at festivals the following year, but funding for the project dried up after Morrison's arrest on obscenity charges following the Doors' performance in Miami on March 1,1969. Feast of Friends faded into obscurity, known only through bootleg copies that were most likely sourced from Morrison's copy of the film. He had taken it to Paris in 1971 and left it in a brown paper bag at a friend's house. A few days later, Morrison died from a heroin overdose.

This November 11, after 45 years, Feast of Friends will finally be released. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC have restored the film from the original negative, and the soundtrack has been remixed and remastered by longtime Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.

In addition, Feast of Friends will be packaged with three bonus features: Feast of Friends: Encore, The Doors Are Open, and The End.

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