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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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