Bobby Beausoleil was a member of the infamous Charles Manson family, and is serving a life sentence in prison for murder. Fellow cast member Jay Sebring was one of the victims murdered along with Sharon Tate by the Manson family at Tate's Los Angeles home in 1969.

Cohen's documentary was so low-key and budgeted that he would have an agreement with the studios night watchman to use the studio in between the hours of 12 to 8am because most studios were not open during those times.