A.K.A. Doc Pomus
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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,… More

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"A touching, delightful and exceptionally well-crafted new documentary, "AKA Doc Pomus" follows the life and career of Pomus, who wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas" and scores of other hits."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"A moving, un-mawkish portrait of a songwriting icon."
‑ Sophie Harris, Time Out New York
""A.K.A. Doc Pomus" gathers friends, collaborators, and, of course, the music to show just how big the talent and how much bigger the heart of an incredible artist."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Fascinating documentary about one of the greatest songwriters of the R&B and Brill Building eras of the 1950s and '60s."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, "AKA Doc Pomus" uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"The film leaves us with tons of great music and the lingering impression that Felder, aka Pomus, would have been a terrific person to hang out with."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn't get in the way of its subject's heart."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A thoughtful, intimate documentary about a blues shouter, in the tradition of the great Joe Turner..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
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