Biography - Development 2013

Despite a lifetime of physical challenges, heartache and insurmountable odds, Doc Pomus emerged as one of the most prolific songwriters of all time. This dramatic glimpse into Rock n' Roll history, and the life of an unlikely star, is the ultimate story of the American Dream.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Biography
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Topper LILIEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Brandi SAVITT (Senza Pictures), Geoffrey FELDER (Felder Pomus Entertainment)
    • Synopsis
    • Despite a lifetime of Jobian tests, Doc Pomus conquered unthinkable odds to transform himself from a Polio stricken child into one of the Blues', R&B's and Rock & Roll's most gifted, prolific and successful songwriters, producers and talent impresarios.
      Jerome Felder fought life-threatening Polio before finding his salvation in music. Reborn as Doc Pomus, a white Blues shouter, Doc performed in NYC's hippest black Blues clubs. His soulful sound won him an audience, and a sight unseen record deal. But when the suits spied the heavy-set kid with braces and crutches on stage, they tore Doc's contract to shreds.
      Devastated, Doc retreated into a deep depression before finding the courage to return to the music he loved. Between gigs as a songwriter for the Blues legends he idolized, Doc discovered 17 year-old Mort Shuman, and together, the writing team helped pioneer Rock & Roll. His career on the rise, Doc met budding Broadway starlit Willi Burke and instantly fell in love. The pair married and started a family as both Pomus teams rocketed to 60's fame and fortune.
      But tensions between family and career soon led to disaster. While Doc recovered in the hospital from a horrific accident which left him permanently wheelchair bound, Mort left to expand his career in Europe. Days later, Willi took the kids and abandoned Doc for Hollywood stardom.
      Alone and near penniless, Doc retreated back into depression making his weekly nut running a poker game from his two room apartment. Yet music still gnawed at his soul, and Doc returned to his true calling only to win Grammy.
      "I didn't want to be the crippled songwriter or the crippled singer. I wanted to be the singer or the songwriter who was crippled. I wanted to be larger than life and a man among men..."
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2013
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