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Feature Doc on Songwriter Doc Pomus Gets Theatrical Release in October

Cinedigm will also release on VOD

After making the festival rounds over the past year, including New York’s Stony Brook Film Festival where it won the grand prize in August, 2012, “AKA Doc Pomus,” about the songwriter behind such hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment” and “A Teenager in Love,” will have a theatrical release beginning Oct. 4 at New York’s Village East Cinemas and Oct. 11 at L.A.’s Laemmle Music Hall.

The film is self-released, with Cinedigm Entertainment is handling VOD release in early November.

Directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter, “AKA Doc Pomus” features interviews with the songwriter’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Gerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Passages from Pomus’ private journals are read by Lou Reed.

Born in Brooklyn as Jerome Felder, Pomus was paralyzed with polio as a child and confined to crutches and a wheelchair for most of his life. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, Pomus died in 1991 from lung cancer at the age of 65.

SEE ALSO: Review: ‘AKA Doc Pomus”

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As a measure of his influence, Rhino Records released a tribute album to Pomus in 1995 titled “Till The Night Is Gone,” with performances by Reed, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Dion, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Aaron Neville, The Band, B.B. King, Los Lobos and Rosanne Cash.

In Variety’s review of “AKA Doc Pomus” out of the New York Jewish Film Fest in January, Ronnie Scheib wrote: “The portrait emerging from this deft assemblage of homemovies, work tapes and interviews is further invigorated by 1980s interviews with Pomus and a dynamite soundtrack of his rock ’n’ roll perennials… The pic thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history.”

For the full review, visit: https://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/aka-doc-pomus-1117949128/

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