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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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