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MIPCOM Picks 2012: AKA Doc Pomus

In this special, archival footage and candid interviews with friends and colleagues, coupled with excerpts from his memoir narrated by Lou Reed, combine to paint a joyful portrait of legendary songwriter Doc Pomus.
September 25, 2012

Partners: Clear Lake Historical Productions; distributed by PBS International

Length: 1 x 56 minutes; 1 x 100 minutes

Premiered: Toronto Jewish Film Festival, May 2012 | Rights available : Worldwide

Paralyzed with polio as a boy, young Jerome Felder’s life was transformed yet again when he first heard Big Joe Turner on the radio. From there, Felder began frequenting the clubs, taking to the stage on crutches and belting out the blues, and eventually adopting the stage name Doc Pomus. By the mid-Fifties, he had not only written songs for his own recordings, but was also a songwriter of choice for other R&B artists, including Ray Charles.

Pomus eventually hooked up with a young songwriter named Mort Shuman and from their office in The Brill Building, knocked out several songs that would cement their status as a legendary songwriting duo – “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “His Latest Flame,” and “Teenager in Love” to name a few. In this special, archival footage and candid interviews with friends and colleagues, coupled with excerpts from his memoir narrated by Lou Reed, combine to paint a joyful portrait of Pomus.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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