Feast of Friends
In April of 1968, filming began for what would become the first and only film produced about The Doors, by The Doors. Funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, the footage shot for this film would become the well from which the majority of future documentaries and music videos about the band would draw. This film became Feast of Friends, as Paul Ferrara thought it was a great lyric to use for the title. Other than a few appearances in film festivals the following year, an official release would never be seen, until now.
If not for a poor quality bootleg copy circulated among collectors and eventually via the internet, the film’s existence would have scarcely been known beyond the circle of diehard Doors fans. By many accounts, the original source of that bootleg is thought to have been Morrison’s own copy which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris after recording what would be The Doors’ final album. Concealed in a paper bag and forgotten at a friend’s house, the film’s owner would never reclaim it, as he passed suddenly a few days later.
Feast of Friends offers a cinematic look at The Doors as they were on the road during those summer months of 1968. While never truly completed, the film provided a stylistic approach in the “cinéma vérité” style of the sixties. It paints a chaotic yet gentle picture of the humanistic side of The Doors seldom captured by anyone, at that time or since. At one moment Morrison is fighting off legions of ravenous fans while at the same time taunting them to keep pressing on. Then a moment later he is softly tending to the wounds of a bloodied girl harbored in the backstage annals of The Singer Bowl.
Concert performances intercut with playful, “fly-on-the-wall” footage of the group in their natural habitat will leave fans wanting more (and they’ll get it in the Encore feature included in this package). The historical importance and value of this footage wouldn’t be fully realized for many years after Morrison’s life had come to an abrupt end.