Filmmaker and media educator Dave Davidson is Co-Director and Co-Producer, with Hudson West partner Amber Edwards, of the feature documentary “Vince Giordano–There’s a Future in the Past”, which is distributed by First Run Features. Davidson’s most recent documentary, “A Gesture and a Word” (2016) follows the brilliant singer/songwriter Rob Morsberger during his final 18 months after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The film celebrates the power of art as Morsberger, facing “the great whatever”, embarks on an astounding creative run that results in four insightful albums recorded with with his friends Jon Herington (Steely Dan), Marshall Crenshaw, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) and Suzzy Roche. The film premiered in April 2016 at The Ashland Independent Film Festival.
In 2013 Davidson directed “Hans Richter: Everything Turns—Everything Revolves”, a profile of the iconic DADAist and experimental filmmaker that premiered at the LA County Museum of Art, followed by a screening at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, The Pompidou – Metz and The Gropius Bau in Berlin. In 2015, Davidson received an NEA Art Works grant, to create “Rescoring Richter”, a transmedia project inspired by the documentary, that invites contemporary musicians to compose new sound environments for Richter’s avant-garde, films from the 1920s and ’30s. (www.rescoringrichter.com).
For PBS, Davidson directed “A Place Out of Time—The Bordentown School” (2010), about the elite all-black school that flourished for 70 years during the Jim Crow era. Narrated by Ruby Dee, the film was nationally broadcast in May 2010 and won The Christopher Award. Davidson’s other PBS documentaries include “Cissy Houston—Sweet Inspiration”(1988) and “The Dancing Man—Peg Leg Bates”(1992). He was Co-Producer and Director of Photography for “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook”, a 9-part PBS series (2010 to 2013) that was directed by his Hudson West partner, Amber Edwards.
Davidson’s numerous awards and honors include an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant, an Emmy Award, The NEA Mid-Atlantic Artist Fellowship, Pioneer of The Arts from The Black Experimental Theatre and Outstanding Artist Award from The New Jersey Arts Council, as well as numerous awards at international film festivals.
Davidson founded Hudson West Productions in 1985 and currently serves as president. Since 1984 he has been professor of film at The City College of New York (City University of New York) in Harlem, where he was founding director of the MFA in Media Arts Production program from 1997 to 2011.