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.” The 90-minute film about the hot jazz bandleader and preservationist is distributed by First Run Features.
Her first novel, “Forty Days and Forty Nights”—a thriller set in the Mississippi Delta, co-authored with her husband Justin Scott—will be published in October 2021. Publishers Weekly declared it a “gripping thriller” fueled by “a plausible and chilling scenario…with a large and vividly rendered cast.”
Music and Musicians
Amber directed and produced, with Davidson as Co-Producer and Director of Photography, all nine episodes of the PBS series “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.” The series ran from 2010-2013, and is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Season One received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Broadcast Award for Outstanding Musical Content, as well as two International Documentary Association Award nominations.
She profiled the legendary Broadway composer/lyricist in “Words and Music by Jerry Herman” (PBS, 2008) which she directed, produced, and edited. And she traveled to Moscow to make “Vladimir Feltsman: Journey From Home” (PBS, 1993) following the refusenik concert pianist on his first trip back to the Soviet Union after he had emigrated to the USA.
Visual Art and Artists
In 2001, PBS broadcast her film “George Segal: American Still Life,” a portrait of the pioneering Pop Art sculptor. Also, she directed, produced, and edited “Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” (PBS, 1994.) That film examined the flowering African-American visual art scene during the 1920s and ‘30s.
Education and Cultural History
With Davidson as Director and Co-producer, she co-produced and wrote “A Place Out of Time—The Bordentown School” (PBS, 2010.) Narrated by Ruby Dee, it told the story of the rise and fall of an exceptional African-American institution. That film won The Christopher Award, for television specials that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Amber and Dave also collaborated on the observational “Quicksand and Banana Peels: A Year in the Life of Two Principals” (PBS, 1998.) And she co-produced, with Davidson as director, her first full length documentary “The Dancing Man—Peg Leg Bates” (PBS, 1992) about the one-legged black tap dancer and Catskills resort owner.
Independent Filmmaking and Public Broadcasting
Amber has been a partner in Hudson West Productions since 1989. And from 1987-2008 she also worked full-time at New Jersey Network Public Television. At NJN she was Senior Producer and Host of the long-running weekly series “State of the Arts,” earning 13 regional Emmy Awards as well numerous other honors for her national PBS documentaries. At the same time, she did feature reporting for WBGO-FM, NPR’s flagship jazz station in Newark. Additionally, Amber hosted and produced the weekly “Jersey Arts” radio segments for NJN Public Radio.
On top of making films, Amber Edwards is a singer. She has performed in the long-running “Lyrics and Lyricists” series at the 92nd Street Y. And she appears on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” Amber is a graduate of Yale University, where she serves as a Fellow at Branford College. As a volunteer for Yale, Amber created Yale Musical Theater of the Air. That award-winning initiative brought professional Yale theater alumni together with students, faculty, and staff to present classic American musicals in concert. Productions to date include “Kiss Me, Kate,” “My Fair Lady,” and “The Music Man.”