FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Brianna Mynar Bjm2453@utexas.com Documentary Feature Films, U.S.A., 2009, 90 min., Color B/W www.whenyourestrangemovie.com
STATEMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR
Jim Morrison Lead SingerBest known for his role as lead vocalist and poetic lyricistfor The Doors, Jim Morrison is one of the most influential musicians in the history of American rock. Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 to a military family in Florida. After high school, he enrolled at the University of California Los Angeles, where he met classmate and future Doors’ co-founder, Ray Manzarek. However, it wasnt until a fateful encounter on Santa Monica Beach two years post-graduation that Manzarek and Morrison collaborated to form The Doors. Only one year after doing so, in 1967, The Doors signed with Elektra Records and the band skyrocketed to success.But with success came controversy, and Morrison quickly began to indulge in the temptations of fame’s dark side. It wasn’t long before drugs and alcohol became partof Morrisons everyday life, and his self-destructive habits began to eat away at the livelihood of the band.In 1971, just six years after The Doors was formed, a 27- year-old Morrison was found dead in his Paris apartment. Although Morrison has passed, his legacy and music lives on.
Ray Manzarek Keyboardist Ray Manzarek was born in Chicago on February 12, 1939. Like the other members of The Doors, Manzarek discovered his passion for music early on and spent his youth studying the piano. After high school he enrolled at the University of California Los Angeles, where he first crossed paths with fellow filmmaking student and future band mate, Jim Morrison. Although he is best known for his role as keyboardist and sometimes-bassist of The Doors, Manzarek is also a talented singer, producer, film director, and writer. Following the breakup of the band, Manzarek continued to pursue a career in music and the arts. He has since published novels and partaken in forming several other bands, including Nite City and the “resurrected” Doors band, Riders on the Storm, with Robby Krieger.
Robby Krieger Guitarist As a young boy teaching himself to play flamenco on a borrowed guitar, Robby Krieger probably never imagined that he would one day occupy a spot on Rolling Stones 100 greatest guitarist of all time list, much less a spot as lead guitarist for one of the most legendary rock bands in American history. Born in Los Angeles on January 8, 1946, Krieger discovered his natural musical talent at the age of 14 years old, when he turned to the guitar after his parents enrolled him in private school. In addition to being a skilled guitarist, Krieger is responsible for writing some of The Doors greatest hits, including, "Light my Fire" and "Love me Two Times." Krieger continued to follow his musical passion after the dissolution of The Doors, and has since become a member of several bands, including The Butts Band, Riders of the Storm, and his very own band: The Robby Krieger Band.
John Densmore Drummer American singer and songwriter John Paul Densmore drummed for The Doors from 1965 until the bands dissolution in 1973. Born December 1, 1944 in Maine, Densmore eventually migrated to California to study at Santa Monica Community College, where he first met Robby Krieger. Together, he and Krieger formed a band called the Phsycadelic Rangers, before later joining Ray Manazek and Jim Morrison in 1965 to become The Doors. Following the breakup of The Doors, Densmore and Krieger collaborated once again to form The Butts band. However, the duo parted ways just two album releases later, and by the 1980s Densmore had left the world of rock-and- roll to explore a career in theatre. Since then Densmore has received awards from L A Weekly Theater and the NAACP for his theatrical performances. Also among Densmores achievements is best-selling autobiography, Riders On The Storm, which documents his time spent as a member of The Doors. Currently Densmore is busy working on his first novel and performing with his jazz band, Tribaljazz.
Johnny Depp Narrator John Christopher “Johnny” Depp was born in Kentucky on June 9, 1963. Depp lived a rebellious youth, dabbling in vandalism and narcotics, and dropping out of school at the age of 15 with the hopes of becoming a rock musician. However, Depps future took a turn for the better when, in a fateful twist of events, he was introduced to Nicolas Cage. Under Cage’s guidance Depp began to pursue a career in acting. Soon after Depp made his acting debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, it wasn’t until his title role in the 1990 Tim Burton classic Edward Scissorhands that Depp established himself as a serious actor and leading man in Hollywood. Today Depp is known for his roles in such well-known films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Pirates of the Caribbean sequence. Depp has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Actor, seven times for a Golden Globe award and has won one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber.
Tom DiCilloDirector/Screenwriter Born in North Carolina in 1953, American director and screenwriter Tom DiCillo graduated from New York Universitys Tisch School of Arts with a Masters in Directing. DiCillos first film, "Johnny Suede," experienced great success, winning Best Picture at Locarno Film Festival. DiCillo has since gone on to direct more successful films, with "When Youre Strange" being his first documentary.
John Beug Producer John Beug began his production career working for a small record label. Upon experiencing success in the music business, Beug ventured into the motion picture business and worked for Warner Brothers. Following this venture, Beug once again returned to the world of music to produce videos for the likes of Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Josh Grobin and Michael Bublé. Beug has been nominated for three Emmys, and has won one Emmy for “Crossroads Guitar Festival.”
Jeff Jampol Producer Manager of The Doors, Jeff Jampol, has an extensive background in the music industry. In addition to working for major record labels such as Atlantic, Columbia and WEA Records, Jampol has served as an engineer, producer, radio disc jockey, and manager. In 2003 Jampol partnered with The Doors’ manager Danny Sugerman and in 2005, Jampol became president of Doors Music Company. Today he serves as a voting member for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and and an instructor of music business classes at UCLA.
Richard Anthony “Dick” Wolf Producer New-York-City-native Richard Anthony “Dick” Wolf has enjoyed a successful career as a copywriter, screenplay writer and producer. Wolf is well-known for his involvement in writing and producing a slew of award-winning primetime dramas such as "Miami Vice" and "Law & Order." "When Youre Strange" is not Wolfs first experience producing documentaries. In 2003 Wolf won an Oscar for "Twin Towers," a documentary about two brothers, a fireman and a policeman, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 working in their lines of duty. In 2007, Wolf was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Peter Jankowski Producer As Executive Producer of "Law & Order" and President of Wolf Films, Peter Jankowski has enjoyed a successful career in production. Prior to serving in his current roles, Jankowski spent 10 years at Universal Television, where he became an executive producer for such successful series as "Coach," and "Quantum Leap.“