AKA DOC POMUS opens in Toronto Cineplex (Y+D) Nov 29






Directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter
Narrated by Lou Reed

Opens in Toronto, Friday November 29

Cineplex (Yonge & Dundas)



Director:                                                  Peter Miller and Will Hechter

Producer:                                                Will Hechter, Peter Miller & Sharyn Felder

Executive Producers:                    Alan Mecklinger, Elise Mecklinger, Barry Sherman & Honey Sherman                               

Cast:                                                             Dr. John, Dion DiMucci, Ben E. King, B.B. King, Joan Osborne,    Lou Reed and Doc Pomus (archival footage)

Running time:                                      99 minutes

 “Doc Pomus’ dramatic life is one of American music’s great untold stories.” – Lou Reed

 Interviews are available with Director/Producers Peter Miller and Will Hechter,

as well as Doc Pomus’ daughter Sharyn Felder

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as  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 hundreds 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. AKA DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues 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,” record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.”

Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, AKA DOC POMUS features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Gerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King.

Passages from Doc Pomus’ 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.


  “AKA Doc Pomus is essential viewing for anyone even vaguely interested in the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters, and a textbook example of rock-doc moviemaking at it finest.”   –  Hal Horowitz,  American Songwriter

“AKA Doc Pomus is full of magic moments…Solidly directed… Expertly put together…People continue to be amazed at who he was and what he did, and this film shows us why”   – Kenneth Turan,  Los Angeles Times

“Anyone interested in the last 60 years of popular music should see this documentary; at the very least, you won’t ever hear “Save the Last Dance for Me” in the same way again.”  – David Goldman, The L Magazine

“Doc Doc Rocks…wonderful new documentary     – Michael Sigman, Huffington Post

“AKA Doc Pomus is inspirational both in its subject and its composition. It is alternately informative, delightful, thought-provoking and inspiring.”     – James Eliopulos, The Los Angeles Beat

“AKA Doc Pomus will keep you humming tunes you know and love”  – Regina Weinreich,  Huffington Post

“AKA Doc Pomus shines a light on the soulful, big-hearted man behind many magic moments in popular music.”

– Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

– New York Daily News

“AKA Doc Pomus is intrinsically compelling ….fascinating documentary”  – Leonard Maltin, Indiewire

“A celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop”

– Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

– Time Out New York

“AKA Doc Pomus is pure classic solid gold”    – Janet Walker, Haute Lifestyle

“A beautiful, crushing, meditation.”  – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Wonderfully entertaining.”  – The Hollywood Reporter

“There is nothing remotely ordinary about this film. It can’t be compared to any other music biopic or documentary. There is just too much flair.”  – Greil Marcus, The Believer

“Tells Doc’s story – a rags-to-no-riches blues story if there ever was one – with a wallop that may leave a lump in your throat. Stirring and soulful.”  – The Independent

“Casts a spell. You’ll never be able to hear ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ again without remembering a man who could never negotiate the dance floor.”   – Bay Area Reporter

“A dynamite soundtrack. Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight.” – Variety

“Buoyant and heart-rending.  Seek this one out.”  – FilmComment

“An astonishing documentary.”     – The Province

“One of the best movies I’ve seen all year.”  – Fox 5 San Diego

“What a great film!”   – T.O. Music Pix