‘Before the End: Searching for Jim Morrison’s Documentary Probes the Mysterious Life and Death of Jim Morrison

by Jason Price

What If everything we think we know about Jim Morrison is wrong? That question has haunted Jeff Finn since 1985, when he first researched the infamous vocalist and lyricist of legendary 1960's rock band, The Doors. Finn is the writer, director and narrator of Before the End: Searching for Jim Morrison, a forthcoming limited film series that rips the hinges off Morrison’s purported official story.

Z-Machine, Finn’s indie production company, has released a new extended preview of his hard-boiled but empathic “documystery.” Like a DNA-era Sherlock Holmes, Finn deconstructs Morrison’s quicksilver existence from his 1943 birth in Melbourne, Florida to his reported death at age 27 in Paris, France in 1971.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Randall Jahnson, Anne Moore, Salli Stevenson, Todd Schiffman, Ellen Sander, Mirandi Babitz, and the only on-camera talk with Jim’s brother, Andy, the docuseries reveals 75 lovers, friends, classmates and associates who experienced Morrison as a person, not a persona, including Robyn Wurtele, Morrison’s shadowy assistant during his brief French exile.


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