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Dawn’s Highway is a documentary short film that traces Jim Morrison’s story about encountering a deadly accident in the desert at dawn.

Jim Morrison's legendary story from the album AN AMERICAN PRAYER and referenced in the song, "Peace Frog," is investigated in the documentary short film.

Many people have debated that Morrison either invented the story or embellished the elements of the experience.  The film documents an accident from 1947 that perfectly matches Jim Morrison's story. Dawn's Highway, is it a myth or reality?  The viewer can decide.

Jim Morrison's Story....Dawn's Highway

The Doors, "Peace Frog"

Dawn's Highway Trailer

PEOPLE IN THE FILM

Frank Lisciandro, friend, classmate, and colleague of Jim Morrison.
Frank Lisciandro, friend, classmate, and colleague of Jim Morrison.

Frank Lisciandro recorded Jim Morrison telling the story, “Dawn’s Highway,” and was a producer of AN AMERICAN PRAYER, which contained the recording.  Lisciandro also wrote and published a book, AN HOUR FOR MAGIC, which also contained the story, “Dawn’s Highway.”

Tony Montoya, driver of the truck in the 1947 accident.
Tony Montoya, driver of the truck in the 1947 accident.
Willie Quintana, an eye witness on the scene of the accident.
Willie Quintana, an eye witness on the scene of the accident.
Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, former State Historian of New Mexico.
Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, former State Historian of New Mexico.

How Your Pledge Helps

1  Your support will help finish the final production steps.  The film is completed, and the final steps include adding a bonus feature and producing the first DVDs.

2  Your support will also help market the film. The marketing campaign will include Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and other mediums.  You will be helping this film find its audience.

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The risk is minimal in terms of the film being completed. We are adding a bonus feature and producing the DVD package.

The majority of the Kickstarter budget is marketing. Therefore, the major risk is that we fail to secure the marketing budget required to help Dawn's Highway find its audience.

Thank you for considering to help support this film.

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    Thank you email with jpeg of Dawn's Highway cover, and postcard mailed to your address.

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    Thank you email with jpeg of Dawn's Highway cover, postcard mailed to your address, and a digital file of the trailer.

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    All of the above, including the DVD with a special Bonus Section. The Bonus Feature is an extended version of Frank Lisciandro's interview regarding the accident.

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    All of the above plus a photocopy of the SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN newspaper article of the accident and a 8 X 10 color print of Dawn's Highway photo.

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    All of the above with research notes and a timeline of where Jim Morrison lived between December 8, 1943 and Summer of 1957.

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    All of the above plus a Private Screening in Nashville of a Director's Cut that will not be released to the public. This screening will be in March. Will include catered meal and discussion with the producer. (No transportation or lodging provided.)

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    All of the above with a choice of the Private Screening in Nashville, and a On-Site Review of the accident at dawn in New Mexico. A private screening can be arranged the night before in Santa Fe, NM, with a dinner and discussion with the producer. (No transportation or lodging provided.)

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