Eat the Document was commissioned for ABC Stage 67 and was completed including all post production work. Unfortunately commercial television was not ready for Dylan's impressionistic, experimental work. The network was confused by its stream-of-consciousness organization, requesting to know "What city are we in? What's happening?" Eat the Document languished on the shelf until the early seventies, when it was screened at New York's Academy of Music and the Whitney Museum of American Art.