Ended on 10/24/2013

A.K.A. DOC POMUS -  (unrated)

2012 - Canada, USA - English - 93 minutes - Clear Lake Historical

Directed by: William Hechter, Peter Miller

Featuring: Willi Burke, Marshall Chapman, Shawn Colvin

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With Star and Family Member Willi Burke
FRI 10/18 @7pm
SAT 10/19 @7pm
SUN 10/20 @1pm

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a 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 dozens 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,” 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, Leiber and Stoller and B.B. King. Passages from Doc’s 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.

L.A. Times Review

Timeout New York Review

Village Voice

"AKA Doc Pomus is full of magic moments...Solidly directed... Expertly put together...People continue to be amazed at who he was and what he did, and this film shows us why"?
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"AKA Doc Pomus will keep you humming tunes you know and love"
- Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

"AKA Doc Pomus shines a light on the soulful, big-hearted man behind many magic moments in popular music."
- Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

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