Amber Edwards is Co-Director and Co-Producer, with Hudson West partner Dave Davidson, of the feature documentary “Vince Giordano–There’s a Future in the Past”, which is distributed by First Run Features. She was the Producer and Director, with Davidson as Co-Producer and Director of Photography, of the PBS series “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook”, which completed its third season in April, 2013. Season One of the series received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Broadcast Award for Outstanding Musical Content and was nominated for two International Documentary Association Awards. Previous PBS documentaries include “A Place Out of Time—The Bordentown School” (Co-Producer/Writer, 2010) which told the story of the rise and fall of an exceptional African-American public boarding school; and she produced and directed “Words and Music by Jerry Herman” about the legendary Broadway composer/lyricist (PBS, 2008.)
Amber has been a partner in Hudson West Productions since 1989, and for 21 years was also Senior Producer and Host of New Jersey Public Television’s long running weekly series “State of the Arts”, where she earned 13 regional Emmy Awards as well as 8 CINE Golden Eagles and numerous other honors for her national PBS documentaries which include: “George Segal: American Still Life” (Producer/Director, 2001,) a portrait of the pioneering Pop Art sculptor; pharmacy-no-rx.net “Quicksand and Banana Peels: A Year in the Life of Two Principals” (Producer/Writer, 1998;) “Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” (Producer/Director/Writer, 1994) which examined African-American visual art during the 1920s and ‘30s; “Vladimir Feltsman: Journey From Home” (Producer/Director/Writer, 1993) which followed the refusenik pianist on his first trip back to the Soviet Union after he had emigrated to the USA; and “The Dancing Man—Peg Leg Bates” (Co-Producer, 1992) about the one-legged black tap dancer and Catskills resort owner.
Radio work includes feature reporting for WBGO-FM, NPR’s flagship jazz station in Newark, and hosting and producing the weekly “Jersey Arts” radio segments for NJN Public Radio.
Amber is also a singer. She has performed in the long-running “Lyrics and Lyricists” series at the 92nd Street Y, and can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” She is a graduate of Yale University where she serves as a Fellow at Branford College; and is the founding Artistic Director of Yale Musical Theater of the Air, an initiative that brings together professional Yale theater alumni with students, faculty, and staff to present classic American musicals in concert, including “Kiss Me, Kate”, “My Fair Lady”, and “The Music Man”.