NEWS: AKA DOC POMUS - Opening Theatrically in NY, LA, Additional Markets Early October

October 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

CLEAR LAKE HISTORICAL PRODUCTIONS presents

AKA DOC POMUS

 

"Doc Pomus' dramatic life is one of American music's great untold stories." – Lou Reed

 

http://akadocpomus.com

 

Director: Peter Miller and Will Hechter

Producers: Will Hechter, Peter Miller & Sharyn Felder

Executive Producer: Alan Mecklinger & Barry Sherman

Starring: Raoul Felder, Dr. John, Dion DiMucci, Ben E. King, B.B. King, Joan Osborne, Lou Reed and Doc Pomus (archival footage)

Running time: 99 minutes

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/69767201

Release dates:

Friday, October 4th, 2013 – New York, NY

Friday, October 11th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA and additional markets

Synopsis: Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as  one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and hundreds of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues musicians. He wrote a thousand songs –including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music – but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit.  “If the music industry had a heart,” the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.” Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. DOC POMUS features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Gerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King. Passages from Doc Pomus’ private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed.. Doc Pomus’ gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers.


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