AKA Doc Pomus 2012 NR CC

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Paralyzed with polio as a child, Jerome Felder reinvented himself as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, and emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me", and hundreds of hits.

Starring:
Willi Burke, Marshall Chapman
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1 hour, 39 minutes

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AKA Doc Pomus

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Genres Music, Documentary
Director William Hechter, Peter Miller
Starring Willi Burke, Marshall Chapman
Supporting actors Shawn Colvin, Dion DiMucci, Dr. John, Ken Emerson, Raoul Felder, Josh Alan Friedman, Peter Guralnick, Alex Halberstadt, Kenny Hirsch, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Robin Lerner, Dave Marsh, Joan Osborne, Doc Pomus, Lou Reed, Mike Stoller
Studio Clear Lake Historical Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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For those who love music or just those who love life, this Doc-umentary will make the world feel like a much deeper place.
Bill Bentley
One of the best documentaries, check that, one of the best FILMS you will ever see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rothstein on November 29, 2013
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I loved this documentary. It really captured the highs and lows of one of our greatest popular song writers. The old footage of the New York Doc Pomus grew up in was fascinating. And All of the great artists he had dealings with was amazing. I think any serious lover of popular music from the 40's through the 90's needs to see this film. You will love it. I found it amazing that he connected with Big Joe Turner and Lou Reed, Dr. John and Little Jimmy Scott.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Bentley on October 15, 2013
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Run, don't walk, to see this incredible movie. Doc Pomus was a hero in modern music, writing songs that will live forever and giving inspiration to anyone ever challenged by life. Watching his years unfold from childhood right up to his too-early death at age 65 is like viewing a gritty fairy tale that sometimes feels too real to be true. For those who love music or just those who love life, this Doc-umentary will make the world feel like a much deeper place. Do not miss.
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One of the best documentaries, check that, one of the best FILMS you will ever see. The music and the personalities are so fascinating it wasn't until I had gone to the the theater for the 4th time to watch it that it struck me what an uplifting story of human dignity, art and friendship it is. AKA Doc Pomus also serves as a course in documentary filmmaking - the blending of stills with film and video, interviews with performance and B&W with color is nothing short of lovely in its execution.

If you like music, you like art, you like artists or you like having the chance to see the beauty that humans can redeem from tragedy I'll bet you are going to see this film more than once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A reader VINE VOICE on January 25, 2015
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I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about pop music, especially the music of the 1950's and 60's. As a musician and songwriter myself, I like to know who wrote the songs, to give credit where credit is due. So this beautiful documentary about Doc Pomus -- a guy I'd never heard of -- pretty much blew my mind. Considering the number and popularity of the songs he wrote or co-wrote, how could it be that I knew King & Goffin, Leiber & Stoller, Bacharach & David, Greenwich & Barry, et al., but had never before heard the name DOC POMUS? In fact, I had assumed that his famous songs were written by others. Shame on me.

It's my guess that AKA DOC POMUS was produced by his daughter, Sharyn Felder, to close this awareness gap. And given the larger-than-life personality, accomplishments and personal suffering of her father, it doesn't surprise me that she was inspired to undertake this daunting project. Doc contracted polio at the age of 6, and dragged his gargantuan spirit around on crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of his life. This adds a tragic depth to his story, but it would mean little on its own. What comes across most clearly is the sheer volume of love and commitment that Doc brought to his music, relationships and collaborations, and the love that he received in return. Sharyn Felder and her co-producers deserve great praise for the skill with which they organized Doc's life into a cohesive and deeply emotional whole. They had a lot of material to work with, including home movies, archival photographs and entertaining interviews with family, friends and some famous folk. Very fine filmmaking!

Anyone who listened to the radio in the 50's and 60's will be particularly moved by Doc's story (hint: "Teenager in Love" and "Save the Last Dance for Me").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Benson on December 7, 2014
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I found this film an incredibly rich experience. As a documentary--a document--it's an extremely thorough and detailed examination of Doc Pomus's life and work. Pomus is a fascinating person, a major musical talent of his time, and it's also obvious he changed the lives of many who came in contact with him. A wide range of Pomus's cohorts and family members are interviewed, and the archival footage and recordings are incredible. It's densely packed with strong images, and every one has a reason for being there, furthering the narrative, adding to the mosaic in a meaningful way. But beyond the documenting of Pomus's life, this film stands on its own as a work of art. It flows like music, and it's an emotionally compelling narrative in addition to the linear one, which isn't forced but is there naturally. To hear that wonderful song, the best of a whole era, "Save the Last Dance for Me," and to know that he wrote it for his wife, as she danced with others at their wedding while he had to sit on the sidelines, and to see film of her dancing at his wedding... just overpowering! As critic Ken Eisner says, "The overall feeling the film leaves you with is joyous, not elegiac." There's no substitute for having the tenacity to collect all the material and then taking the time and care to put it all together meaningfully, and having the talent to make the whole more than the sum of its parts.

I first saw this with a sold-out crowd at the Walter Reade Theatre, as the opening film in the Jewish Film Festival. It was said that the film came about because the directors, who wanted to make a film about a Brill Building writer (any writer) were put in touch with Pomus's daughter Sharyn, who had long been trying to get a film made about her father.
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