Our guest, Mrs. Amber Edwards, is an award-winning producer and director who has been working in television for about 25 years. Raised in Kansas City, she is a Yale University Graduate, where she is a Fellow at Branford College.
From 1987 – 2008, she was been the producer of NJN’s public television’s long running arts and culture series, State of the Arts, for which she has won 13 regional Emmy’s. Her first PBS documentary came in 1992; and since then, she has done a total of 8 PBS documentaries including the critically-acclaimed Words and Music by Jerry Herman and her latest venture, a 3-part series called Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. Her radio credits include features for Newark, NJ’s public radio jazz station and a multi-part radio series entitled “Forever and a Day – The Gershwin Legacy.” She is now with her independent company Hudson-West (found here: http://www.hudsonwest.org/)
Mrs. Edwards has won countless awards for her work, including three Golden Eagles, a Silver Screen Award, and many, many more. Her documentaries have been screened at festivals all over the world, from New York to Paris to Sydney, and even our very own Durham, NC.
To add to her list of film accomplishments, Mrs. Edwards is also a singer. She was featured in the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series and can currently be heard on the soundtrack for HBO’s brand new series Boardwalk Empire.
Here is a recent interview done with Mrs. Edwards on her newest documentary, “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook”: http://smashinginterviews.com/interviews/directors/amber-edwards-interview-producer-debuts-michael-feinsteins-american-songbook-on-pbs