FEAST OF FRIENDS

PRODUCED BY AND FEATURING THE DOORS


Feast Of Friends
FILMING DATES: March - September 1968 (See Below)
LOCATIONS: Various U.S. Locations (See Below)
SOUND: Babe Hill
EDITING: Frank Lisciandro
DESIGNER: Paul Ferrara
LENGTH: Approx. 40 Minutes

In mid-1967, U.C.L.A. filmmaker and photographer Paul Ferrara begins his official career with The Doors after a chance meeting with Pamela Courson, snapping photos of her as she models for a clothing shop in Los Angeles. During the shoot, it is explained to Paul that Jim Morrison, her boyfriend, is in an upcoming rock band and that a steady photographer is needed, someone unlike the various photographers the magazines were sending out. Paul explains to Pam that he had his own previous history with Jim Morrison at UCLA, and the meeting is quickly arranged.

An agreement is made that Paul would snap photos of the band during their performances at the Fillmore in San Francisco in late July, and the negatives are to be developed and dropped off at The Doors office. Soon after, Paul is given a full time job and the opportunity to design what would become The Doors official concert book and tour poster. He would also be given a share of the profits, and as The Doors in-house photographer, he will be put in charge of providing promotional photographs to the magazines and publications that requested them for the use in the articles they were writing.

In April of 1968, the concert book and 'Light My Fire' tour poster were complete. Paul approached keyboardist Ray Manzarek with the idea of filming some of the chaos that was happening at the concerts, and with Ray's approval, he begins an experiment with 16mm black and white film. The test proves a success, and the production of film for what would later be known as 'Feast of Friends' has begun.

Shot mainly in color but also B&w, the 16mm footage is filmed with an Arriflex and occasionally an Eclair. Under the supervision of Jim and The Doors, Paul begins to piece together successions of footage on a 16mm Moviola in an experiment to see how things look in sequential order. The film is processed at CFI Laboratories in Los Angeles, and short screenings begin in the rehearsal space under The Doors office on Santa Monica Boulevard. The test proved another success, and shortly after, Paul's longtime friend Babe Hill comes to live in California, where he joins the film crew and is quickly shown how to record audio using a Nagra. He is also taught how to switch out film in a changing bag, allowing Paul to film continuously. Babe's first known recording session takes place in April, 1968 at Westbury Music Fair in New York. He can be spotted in various shots of backstage, performance and travel footage.

As filming continues, more crew members take part in the production including the yet to become famous actor Harrison Ford, a friend of Paul's, who works as a grip and occasionally a cameraman for the crew. By July 1968, the Hollywood Bowl performance is ready to be filmed and recorded with professional sound. Frank Lisciandro enters the production as film editor, and takes part as a Hollywood Bowl cameraman. Frank will also join Paul and Babe in March 1969 to film Jim's 10 page script 'The Hitchhiker', later titled 'HWY: An American Pastoral'. The last day of Feast Of Friends filming takes place on September 1st in Saratoga Springs, New York, shortly before The Doors head to London for the start of their European tour schedule. Throughout The Doors 1968 North American tour, an estimated 50,000 feet of performance and backstage footage are captured on film for The Doors yet to be titled film project.

In March 1969 following the Miami incident, The Doors put an end to the production. What had already been pieced together was titled 'Feast of Friends' in a decision made by Jim Morrison following the announcement from Bill Siddons that the project is on hold. In the course of a few days, the entire production had halted. The crew would then go on to film 'HWY'.

Although 'Feast of Friends' has been screened at various benefits and festivals both during and after Jim Morrison's lifetime, an original edit of the finished film has eluded an official release for over forty years. Poor quality bootleg copies of the film are known to collectors and are likely sourced from the original screenings. Various alternate portions of filmwork can be seen throughout The Doors official promotional videos released throughout the 80's and 90's, and large portions of the filmwork are now featured in the 2010 documentary 'When You're Strange' by Tom DiCillo. In 2012, The Doors release a new edit of the Hollywood Bowl performance on Blu-Ray and DVD.

A very special thanks to 'Feast of Friends' crew members Paul Ferrara and Frank Lisciandro for contributing their time and efforts to this page!




Soundtrack:
Strange Days
Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor (Background)
Wild Child
Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor
Moonlight Drive
Five to One
Not To Touch The Earth
Poetry (Jim Morrison)
Dahomey Dance (Ray Manzarek)
Arthritis Blues (Robby Krieger)
Ode to Friedrich Nietzsche (Jim Morrison)
The End (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)
Neptune, The Mystic (Gustav Holst)

Credits:
Babe Hill - Sound
Frank Lisciandro - Editing/Cameraman
Paul Ferrara - Designer/Cameraman
Harrison Ford - Assistant/Cameraman
David Thompson - Cameraman (Hollywood Bowl)
Steve Wax - Cameraman (Hollywood Bowl)


Screenings:


     < Click Here To See a Print Ad from a Screening of 'Feast of Friends' in Chicago!

05/30/1969 - Cinematheque 16 - West Hollywood, CA (Private Screening)
05/31/1969 - Cinematheque 16 - West Hollywood, CA (Private Screening)
06/06/1969 - Cinematheque 16 - West Hollywood, CA (World Premiere)
06/07/1969 - Cinematheque 16 - West Hollywood, CA
06/08/1969 - Cinematheque 16 - West Hollywood, CA
06/08/1969 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, B.C.
06/19/1969 - P.N.E Garden Auditorium - Vancouver, B.C.
06/20/1969 - Memorial Arts Center - Atlanta, GA (Atlanta International Film Festival)
07/04/1969 - Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls - Vancouver, B.C.
07/21/1969 - Aquarius Theatre - Hollywood, CA
08/18/1969 - Solomon Little Theatre - San Diego, CA (Creative Arts Conference)
08/18/1969 - Edinburgh Film Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
09/06/1969 - Varsity Arena - Toronto, ON (Toronto Rock n' Roll Revival Rally)
09/29/1969 - Lincoln Center - New York, NY (New York Film Festival)
10/17/1969 - U.C. Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA (U.C.S.C. Film Festival)
10/31/1969 - Masonic Hall - San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Film Festival)
03/13/1970 - Aardvark Cinematheque - Chicago, IL
03/27/1970 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, Canada (The Jim Morrison Film Festival)


     < Click To Read a Review of the Feast Of Friends premiere at Cinematheque 16!


'THOSE WERE THE DAYS' - BY PAUL FERRARA



This Feast Of Friends companion video was released online by Paul Ferrara in 2008, a short while after the publication of his autobiography 'Flash of Eden'. Titled 'Those Were The Days', the film features original Feast Of Friends footage with original audio, including a short poetry reading backstage in Saratoga Springs, New York, and snippets of Paul in the UCLA student film 'Parahelion' by Christopher Gray. This four minute video also includes footage of Babe Hill backstage at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival recording audio with the Nagra, The Doors backstage in Honolulu, and other unreleased clips. CLICK HERE to visit Paul Ferrara's site, or CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube.



Poetry Reading:

A burnt tree
Like a giant primeval bird
In an empty lot in Fresno

A naked girl seen from behind
On a natural road

Info:

This brief footage of Jim Morrison riding in an MGB-GT appears to have been shot while on the way to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and may represent the very first filming for 'Feast Of Friends'.

BACKSTAGE SONOMA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS G.P.


Santa Rosa - Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion

DATE: 04/13/1968
LOCATION: Santa Rosa - CA
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: B&w
AUDIO: No





Info:

Black and white backstage footage of The Doors in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion on April 13th, 1968. This appears to have been the first of the performance footage shot for what would become the basis of filmwork for 'Feast of Friends'.

SONOMA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS G.P.


Santa Rosa - Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion

DATE: 04/13/1968
LOCATION: Santa Rosa - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: B&w
AUDIO: No





Info:

Shot in black and white, The Doors are captured on film while they perform on-stage at Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, CA. Portions of this filmwork can be seen on the 'Live In Europe' official release, and Tom DiCillo's 'When You're Strange'.

T.T.G. STUDIOS


T.T.G. Studios

DATE: 04/xx/1968
LOCATION: Los Angeles - CA
SCENE: Studio
COLOR: B&w
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

This unique black and white footage of The Doors recording a 'clap track' for 'Five To One' was shot at T.T.G. Studios in Los Angeles in what appears to be April 1968. The exact date of this filming is unknown, and the footage may represent the very first filming for 'Feast Of Friends'.

BACKSTAGE WESTBURY MUSIC FAIR


Backstage Westbury Music Fair

DATE: 04/19/1968
LOCATION: Westbury - NY
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Mix
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

There are two segments of both B&w and color footage documenting The Doors arrival for their early and late shows at the Westbury Music Fair in New York on April 19th, 1968. Featuring audio, the black and white introductory portions of the film appear to have been shot while Jim Morrison arrives late for the first performance, and the color segments were most likely shot during the band's arrival for their second performance. Albert Goldman appears next to Jim in the back of the limousine during the first arrival. Other portions of backstage footage exist from what appears to be this venue, however confirmation is still needed. While Babe Hill is said to have begun recording audio in May, he is present during this filming with a Nagra recorder in hand.

WESTBURY MUSIC FAIR


Westbury Music Fair

DATE: 04/19/1968
LOCATION: Westbury - NY
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Unknown





Info:

Color concert footage shot during at least one of The Doors performances at the Westbury Music Fair features footage of the execution scene performed by Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger during 'The Unknown Soldier'. Also featured in this unique performance footage is an active Jim Morrison 'clowning' around the stage. No original performance audio is known to exist from these shows, however pre-show audio is captured by Babe Hill on a Nagra during Jim Morrison's arrival for the early show.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


Toronto International Airport

DATE: 04/20/1968
LOCATION: Toronto - CAN
SCENE: Travel
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

This black and white footage of the band's arrival at the Toronto International Airport was shot on April 20th, 1968 and includes filmwork of The Doors as they step off the plane, greet fans, and make their way through the terminal. In-flight segments of footage of the band and crew are shot as they travel from New York. Other black and white film segments from this time period may have been shot backstage at the Toronto concert venue, however performance footage does not appear to exist. Alternate 16mm black and white newsreel footage of Jim Morrison shot backstage by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation includes native audio and confirms the date & location of various segments of 'Feast of Friends' footage. Babe Hill is present during this filming, recording audio with the Nagra.

ROBBY KRIEGER'S HOUSE


Robby Krieger's House

DATE: 04/xx/1968
LOCATION: Los Angeles - CA
SCENE: Casual
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage shot at Robby Krieger's home in California in April, 1968. Filmed segments include Jim Morrison relaxing in a hammock, and the band flying a kite. The exact date of the filming is unknown.

6TH ANNUAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE


Renaissance Pleasure Faire

DATE: 05/04/1968
LOCATION: Paramount Ranch - Calabasas, CA
SCENE: Casual
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

16mm film shot by either Babe Hill or Harrison Ford at the sixth annual 'Renaissance Pleasure Faire' at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, CA. Jim Morrison, Paul Ferrara, Babe Hill, and Harrison Ford attend this festival along with Robby Krieger and Lynn Veres (Krieger). Portions of this filmwork have been released officially and alternate segments can be seen in Paul Ferrara's compilation video 'Those Were The Days'.

BACKSTAGE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOLK ROCK FESTIVAL


Northern California Folk Rock Festival

DATE: 05/19/1968
LOCATION: San Jose - CA
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage of The Doors arrival at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival on May 19th, 1968. The band's limousines are escorted to the festival grounds by Hell's Angel's. Prior to the festival, Jim Morrison cuts his hair as short as it will ever be for the remainder of his life. Backstage at this festival, Babe Hill can be spotted operating the Nagra recorder. Babe is said to begin his role as sound engineer at this performance, however he can be spotted one month previously at the Westbury Music Fair with the Nagra in hand.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOLK ROCK FESTIVAL


Northern California Folk Rock Festival

DATE: 05/19/1968
LOCATION: San Jose - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color performance footage shot at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival on May 19th, 1968. Paul Ferrara's compilation video 'Those Were The Days' features a clip of Babe Hill recording with the Nagra at this festival, however no performance audio of The Doors is known to exist. This mid-day scheduling allows for quality footage to be shot due to brighter lighting. An 8mm film shot by an audience member briefly captures a young Harrison Ford preparing a camera while Country Joe & The Fish perform on-stage. Two minutes of footage taken of the festival audience and Hell's Angel's appear in original edits of 'Feast of Friends'.

FRESNO DISTRICT FAIRGROUNDS


Fresno District Fairgrounds

DATE: 06/07/1968
LOCATION: Fresno - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Unknown





Info:

Color footage shot during The Doors performance at Fresno District Fairgrounds on June 7th, 1968. Brief segments from this performance have been officially released in The Doors 1997 'Best Of' video, however no further materials have been made available. It appears only a short amount of performance footage is captured during this show.

BAKERSFIELD HOTEL


Fresno Hotel

DATE: 06/08/1968
LOCATION: Bakersfield - CA
SCENE: Casual
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage featuring audio from a hotel room in Bakersfield. There are two known segments of footage. The first features The Doors playing poker, drinking a beer and having a laugh. John Densmore is not present in this footage. Ray bets five dollars and Robby wins the hand with 4 kings. The second segment is compiled of 6 different outtake scenes, using Takes 1-5 and 7. This footage features Robby Krieger teaching Jim and Ray how to play a new game. Harrison Ford can be spotted in a mirror and is responsible for use of the clapboard. During the outtakes, John Densmore returns from a visit to Sequoia National Forest and can be heard as he arrives on scene. Robby invites John to play cards but he declines, explaining he has not slept. Jim, telling Robby he doesn't like the game, asks for his quarters back.

BACKSTAGE BAKERSFIELD CIVIC CENTER


Backstage Bakersfield

DATE: 06/08/1968
LOCATION: Bakersfield - CA
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Backstage color footage with sound from the Bakersfield Civic Center on June 8th, 1968. For years this footage was said to have been shot at the Seattle Center Arena in July, however recent research has proven that this film sequence was in fact shot backstage at this venue. Although the entire band is captured on film, the bulk of the footage is a short interview with Jim Morrison by Pastor Fred L. Stiegemeier. Harrison Ford can be spotted briefly in the background as he carries gear past Jim Morrison.

BAKERSFIELD CIVIC CENTER


Bakersfield Civic Center

DATE: 06/08/1968
LOCATION: Bakersfield - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Unknown





Info:

Color performance footage shot at the Bakersfield Civic Center. Although Babe Hill is present backstage with the Nagra, no audio portions of this performance are known to exist. Seemingly extensive segments of footage have been officially released over the years, and largely feature Jim Morrison's on-stage antics.

KERN RIVER - BAKERSFIELD


California

DATE: 06/09/1968
LOCATION: Bakersfield - CA
SCENE: Casual
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Unknown





Info:

This footage was shot by Paul Ferrara the day after The Doors performance in Bakersfield. Jim Morrison is captured nude during this visit to the Kern River, and requests the filmwork be destroyed. The exact amount of footage shot on this day is unknown, however numerous clips have been officially released.

LA PLAYA STADIUM


La Playa Stadium

DATE: 06/28/1968
LOCATION: Santa Barbara - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color concert footage shot at what is believed to be La Playa stadium on June 28th, 1968. Due to the dark nature of the film, there is a possibility that these very brief film segments were captured during another performance. For years, many have believed that these segments were shot in Seattle on July 12th, however careful viewing of this footage clearly indicates that Jim Morrison is not wearing the conch belt during this performance.

SAN DIEGO CONCOURSE GOLDEN HALL


San Diego Community Concourse Golden Hall

DATE: 06/29/1968
LOCATION: San Diego - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Performance footage shot at the San Diego Community Concourse Golden Hall on June 29th, 1968. Jim Morrison is captured on film wearing the well known vest seen in 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl'. The amount of footage captured during this performance appears to be brief.

HOLLYWOOD BOWL


Hollywood Bowl

DATE: 07/05/1968
LOCATION: Hollywood - CA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Multi-track





Info:

The final segment of the finished 'Feast of Friends' film is performance footage of 'The End' captured live at the Hollywood Bowl on July 5th, 1968. A full version of the entire concert was officially released in 1987 as 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl'. The filmwork is a mix of 3 different 16mm Airiflex cameras, one high speed 16mm camera, and features professional 8-track audio of the concert recorded by Paul Rothchild and Bruce Botnick in the Wally Heider remote truck. As a full concert film release was never intended, portions of audio and film from this show are missing or disrupted. Click HERE for more information regarding the Hollywood Bowl footage.



Film Crew:
Paul Ferrara - Center Seating Area / 16mm Arriflex
Frank Lisciandro - Stage Foot Area / 16mm Arriflex
David Thompson - Stage Area / 16mm Arriflex
Steve Wax - Seating Area (High Speed Camera) / 16mm

DALLAS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM


Dallas Memorial Auditorium

DATE: 07/09/1968
LOCATION: Dallas - TX
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Very little performance footage is captured at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium on July 9th, 1968. Various clips from this filmwork can be seen throughout The Doors official releases.

BACKSTAGE SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM


Backstage Houston

DATE: 07/10/1968
LOCATION: Houston - TX
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage of The Doors backstage at the Sam Houston Coliseum on July 10th, 1968. Paul Ferrara captures the band on film as they make their way towards the stage, and continues to film throughout the performance.

SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM


Sam Houston Coliseum

DATE: 07/10/1968
LOCATION: Houston - TX
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage of The Doors concert at the Sam Houston Coliseum on July 10th, 1968. During this performance, Jim Morrison is said to have disappeared under the stage and this filmwork captures his re-emergence. Alternate 8mm audience footage captures Paul Ferrara filming Jim at the same moment during the show. Also features fans bombarding the stage, and Jim Morrison drinking a can of beer while The Doors continue to play. A portion of the official 'Roadhouse Blues' video was created using footage from this performance, and various alternate clips have been released in 'When You're Strange'.

SEATTLE MONORAIL


Seattle Monorail

DATE: 07/12/1968
LOCATION: Seattle - WA
SCENE: Travel
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Prior to The Doors performance at the Seattle Center Arena on July 12th, 1968, Paul Ferrara captures The Doors on film while boarding a monorail built for the 1962 World's Fair exhibit. Performance footage does not appear to exist from this venue.

BACKSTAGE HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL CENTER


Backstage Honolulu

DATE: 07/20/1968
LOCATION: Honolulu - HI
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage shot backstage following The Doors performance at the Honolulu International Center on July 20th, 1968. Click HERE to read first-hand, in-depth commentaries on this footage from KKUA radio personality and concert attendee, Neil Ross!

LAHAINA PIER - HAWAII


Lahaina Pier

DATE: 07/20+/1968
LOCATION: Maui - HI
SCENE: Travel
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

During the week following their performance at the Honolulu International Center, The Doors remain in Hawaii for a holiday where Paul Ferrara films the band and crew at Lahaina Pier in Maui. This unique footage features Jim Morrison in shorts, riding a bicycle, and laughing with friends. These segments also include the band and friends aboard a yacht, and Jim is filmed resting in a sail.

'WILD CHILD' STUDIO REHEARSAL


Wild Child Studio Rehearsal

DATE: 07/xx/1968
LOCATION: Elektra Sound Studios - CA
SCENE: Studio
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage of the band attempting 'Wild Child' at Elektra Sound Studios in July, 1968. The exact date of this studio session is unknown. Features Bruce Botnick and Paul Rothchild working with the band. Officially released segments of film feature native audio, and suggest filming may have taken place over numerous takes of the song. Exact details regarding original audio and video contents from this session are unknown.

BACKSTAGE SINGER BOWL N.Y.


Singer Bowl

DATE: 08/02/1968
LOCATION: New York - NY
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Backstage color footage with sound shot at the Singer Bowl in New York on August 2nd, 1968. Features Jim Morrison wandering through the audience prior to the performance while Paul Ferrara and Babe Hill follow in close. Numerous chairs thrown by the audience during this performance, however the event is not captured on film. Following the performance, Jim Morrison talks with an injured concert attendee.

SINGER BOWL N.Y.


Singer Bowl

DATE: 08/02/1968
LOCATION: New York - NY
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Unknown





Info:

The Doors are captured on film during their performance at the Singer Bowl on August 2nd, 1968. Features footage of the band as they make their way to the stage, and Jim Morrison performs wildly to an aggressive audience. While filming on-stage during this performance, Paul Ferrara hides behind John Densmore's drums to shield himself and his camera from audience projectiles.

CLEVELAND PUBLIC AUDITORIUM


Cleveland Public Auditorium

DATE: 08/03/1968
LOCATION: Cleveland - OH
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage shot at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on August 3rd, 1968. Includes the infamous footage of Jim Morrison taking a swing at the cameraman, Paul Ferrara (He does not hit him). Also features Jim Morrison lying on-stage while audience members attempt to get close. Babe Hill can be spotted during these segments while recording with the Nagra, however there is no confirmation that original audio portions from this show are still intact.

PHILADELPHIA ARENA


Philadelphia Arena

DATE: 08/04/1968
LOCATION: Philadephia - PA
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage of the The Doors as they arrive on-stage at the Philadelphia Arena on August 4th, 1968. Paul Ferrara follows the band through the audience and onto the stage. Although official releases of this segment have been edited and overdubbed with audio representing the start of a performance by The Doors, the filmwork is silent. Performance footage segments are brief.

RICK MANCZAREK'S WEDDING


Ray's Brother's Wedding

DATE: 08/23/1968
LOCATION: Exact Location Unknown - Los Angeles
SCENE: Casual
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage shot at Rick Manczarek's wedding on August 23rd, 1968. Very brief clips feature Ray Manzarek and Dorothy Fujikawa. The exact amount of footage shot at this wedding ceremony is unknown.

MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION


Merriweather Post Pavilion

DATE: 08/30/1968
LOCATION: Columbia - MD
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color performance footage shot at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on August 30th, 1968. Portions of this footage are out of focus, and officially released clips are brief.

BACKSTAGE ASBURY PARK CONVENTION HALL


Asbury Park Convention Hall

DATE: 08/31/1968
LOCATION: Asbury Park - NJ
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color footage shot prior to The Doors performance at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on August 31st, 1968. Jim Morrison can be seen wandering through various parts of the venue as Paul Ferrara follows with the camera. Various scenes from this venue appear to have been shot intentionally. Paul Ferrara's video 'Those Were The Days' features alternate footage of Jim Morrison and John Densmore on the boardwalk.

ASBURY PARK CONVENTION HALL


Asbury Park Convention Hall

DATE: 08/31/1968
LOCATION: Asbury Park - NJ
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

Color performance footage shot at the Asbury Park Convention Hall during at least one of two shows. Features a scene in which a necklace thrown on-stage by an audience member lands around Jim Morrison's neck. Offically released performance clips from this venue are brief.

BACKSTAGE SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


Backstage Saratoga Springs

DATE: 09/01/1968
LOCATION: Saratoga Springs - NY
SCENE: Backstage
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: Yes





Info:

Color footage with original audio shot backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 1st, 1968 features Jim Morrison on a piano reciting poetry later known as 'Ode To Friedrich Nietzsche'. Robby Krieger performs 'Arthritis Blues' and Ray Manzarek performs 'Dahomey Dance'. John Densmore, Dorothy Fujikawa, and Lynn Krieger are present. Unreleased portions of this backstage filmwork can be seen in 'When You're Strange', and Paul Ferrara's video 'Those Were The Days' that includes a previously unknown backstage poetry reading by Jim Morrison with original audio. This is the final date of filming for what would become 'Feast Of Friends'.

POETRY READING:


A burnt tree
Like a giant primeval bird
In an empty lot in Fresno

A naked girl seen from behind
On a natural road


ODE TO FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE:


He put his arms around the horse's neck
And
Kissed him everywhere
"I love my horse"

A crowd gathered
His landlord appeared
And took Friedrich back up to his room
On the second floor
Where he began to play piano madly
And sing madly
Like (screams)

I am crucified
And inspected
And resurrected
And (screams)

And if you don't believe that
I'll give you my latest philanthropic sonata

And the landlords family was amazed
So they sent for his friend Overbeck
And he got there in three days by coach
And they took Friedrich to the asylum
And his mother joined him

And for the next fifteen years
They cried and cried
And laughed and looked at the sun
And everyone

(All Poetry © James Douglas Morrison)

SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


Saratoga Performing Arts Center

DATE: 09/01/1968
LOCATION: Saratoga Springs - NY
SCENE: Concert
COLOR: Yes
AUDIO: No





Info:

The final performance footage for 'Feast Of Friends' was shot at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 1st, 1968. In the days following this performance, Paul Ferrara returns to California and The Doors move on to London for their first European tour. Live filming of the band continues with Granada Television at the London Roundhouse for their broadcast special 'The Doors Are Open'.