The Doors – 1970 Jim Morrison Film Festival Poster / World Premiere of ‘Hiway’/ Danny Sugerman Collection

An incredibly rare mounted poster for the Jim Morrison Film Festival held in Vancouver Canada in March 1970, from the collection of longtime Doors associate and manager Danny Sugerman (1954-2005).

As noted on this poster, this festival featured (using their capitalizations)

“the WORLD PREMIERE of jim Morrison’s feature film HIWAY plus a documentary on the doors by the Granada T.V. system of england: THE DOORS ARE OPEN, the doors self-documentary FEAST OF FRIENDS, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, BREAK ON THROUGH and PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED DOORS TAPES & LOBBY EXHIBIT OF LEADING CANADIAN KENETIC LIGHT SCULPTURES.”

The Doors website mildequator notes: On March 27th, 1970, the Jim Morrison Film Festival takes place in Vancouver, Canada. The event is put on at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre & Orpheum Theatre by Poppin Magazine proprietors Ihor Todoruk and Hank Zevallos, and is the world premiere showing of Jim Morrison’s privately produced film HWY. Although scheduled to make an appearance, Jim Morrison is unable to attend due to the obligations of his trial in Phoenix . Along with the premiere of HWY, four other films are shown, including The Doors Are Open, Feast Of Friends, Break On Through, and The Unknown Soldier.

We can find only one other example of this poster online, which has a red background instead of the somewhat pastel background here; we don’t know if this is a result of printing variations or fading, though the colors of the border on this one differs from the online example.  The poster has been mounted on wood by Plasti Frames Laminated Plaques of Los Angeles, who’s sticker appears on the back.  This was hung by Danny Sugerman in his office.

Danny Sugerman met and began working for The Doors at the remarkably young age of 13, first handling their fan mail and organizing their clippings and scrapbook, and later writing press releases.  He was close to Jim Morrison, and after Morrison’s death, became Ray Manzarek’s manager, and then manager of The Doors, overseeing their catalog releases and legacy.

Sugerman wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including the bestselling Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive (co-written with Jerry Hopkins), The Doors: The Illustrated History, and his Doors-heavy autobiography Wonderland Avenue. He was also a consultant to Oliver Stone for the film The Doors.

We acquired this award directly from Danny Sugerman’s widow, Fawn Hall, and our written lifetime guarantee of authenticity will note the extraordinary provenance.

19 3/4” x 25”.  In very good condition.

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