Amber Edwards

Mrs. Amber Edwards is a lauded documentary filmmaker and her career in television spans for more than 25 years. Since 1989, she has served as Vice President and production partner of Hudson West Productions. This Kansas City native and Yale graduate recently garnered much acclaim for producing and directing Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The three-part series, which premiered on October 6, received high praises and reviews from the critics. The New York Times describes it as “a quirky, thoughtful mélange of history and biography that celebrates Mr. Feinstein’s passion for collecting what many would consider cultural detritus”. Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook is Edwards’s eighth PBS project. Some of her previous documentary works include: A Place Out of Time—The Bordentown School, Words and Music by Jerry Herman, Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Quicksand & Banana Peels: A Year in the Life of Two Principals, and George Segal: American Still Life.

From 1987 to 2008, Edwards was Senior Producer and Host of NJN Public Television’s long running weekly series, State of the Arts, where she earned thirteen regional Emmy Awards. She is also a regular contributor to WBGO-FM (88.3, Newark), public radio’s flagship jazz station. Edwards has been awarded numerous other honors for her documentaries, which have been shown all over the world. Other awards that Edwards has received include: 7 CINE Golden Eagles, 2 “Chris” statuettes from the Columbus International Film Festival, 2 CEN Programming awards, a Gold Remi from WorldFest Houston, a NETA award, a Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival and many, many more.

In addition to her film and broadcasting work, Mrs. Edwards is also a noteworthy singer. She has performed in the 92nd Street Y’s famous “Lyrics and Lyricists” series, and appears regularly in public and private cabaret venues in New York City and Connecticut. You can now hear her on the soundtrack for the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Find out more about Amber’s production company> http://www.hudsonwest.org

Watch episodes of Amber’s PBS series: Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook>

http://www.michaelfeinsteinsamericansongbook.org/pbs_series.html

Read Amber’s rave review by the New York Times>

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/arts/television/06songbook.html

–  Alex Tirado

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