Filmmaker and author Amber Edwards has produced, directed, and written nineteen critically acclaimed documentaries. Her first novel, Forty Days and Forty Nights by Amber Edwards & Justin Scott—her husband—was published in October, 2021. It was inspired in part by a work-in-progress documentary about her eccentric cousin from the Arkansas Delta. Amber’s most recent documentary “Vince Giordano–There’s a Future in the Past” (2018, 90-minutes) is distributed by First Run Features.
For PBS, Amber directed, produced, and edited—with Davidson as Co-Producer and Director of Photography—all nine episodes of the series “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.” The series ran from 2010-2013, and Season One received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Broadcast Award for Outstanding Musical Content, as well as two International Documentary Association Award nominations. With Davidson as Director and Co-producer, Amber co-produced, wrote, and edited “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.)
On her own, Amber directed, produced, and edited “Words and Music by Jerry Herman” (PBS, 2008) about the legendary Broadway composer/lyricist; “George Segal: American Still Life” (PBS, 2001), a portrait of the pioneering Pop Art sculptor; “Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” (PBS, 1994) which examined the flowering African American visual art scene during the 1920s and ‘30s; and she traveled to Moscow to produce/direct/edit “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.
Amber’s first documentary, co-produced and directed by Davidson, premiered on PBS in 1992. “The Dancing Man—Peg Leg Bates” is the story of the one-legged black tap dancer and Catskills resort owner, who Amber first met in 1985 during her second job as a local TV news reporter. Amber worked in broadcast television as an on-air host, producer, and director for more than two decades while also making films for Hudson West Productions. She grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English Literature. Amber lives in Connecticut with her husband and literary collaborator Justin Scott.
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”.
“Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster, sung by Amber Edwards; arranged and accompanied by Patrick Brady, live at The Players.