Confined to a wheelchair, Jerome Felder wrote dozens of early rock and roll hits and became an unlikely musical icon. Q&A with filmmaker Peter Miller. Friday April 5th 7pm at Cinemapolis.
AKA Doc Pomus (Peter Miller, United States, 2012; 98 min.) 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, 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 was the man that wrote a thousand songs.
The film will also screen Saturday April 6th 9:40pm at Cinemapolis.
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