Dir. Peter Miller and Will Hechter (98min, USA, 2012)
Doc Pomus' dramatic life is one of American music's great untold stories. Paralyzed with polio as a child, the Jewish, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder (A.K.A Doc Pomus) reinvented himself first as blues shouter, then as one of the most prolific songwriters of the early rock and roll era. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches or 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, romantic, heartbreaking, and eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden musicians. He wrote a thousand songs - including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music - but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit. "If the music industry had a heart," the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, "it would be Doc Pomus." Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. Doc Pomus features interviews with Doc's collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, and B.B. King. Passages from his private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus' gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers.