About Prof. Dave Davidson
Dave Davidson is a working documentary filmmaker with a long list of credits to his career. Davidson recently completed A Place Out of Time – The Bordentown School a documentary about the elite all-black school that flourished during the “Jim Crow” era. The film had its national prime time broadcast premiere on PBS in May 2010 and receive the Christopher Award.. The New York Times described the film as “Bittersweet humanity”.
Davidson is currently in post-production on the documentary Hans Richter: Everything Turns - Everything Revolves about the iconic Dadaist and experimental filmmaker. In 2012, Davidson received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to produce Rescoring Richter, a multi-platform media project that brings contemporary composers to create new scores for Hans Richter’s breakthrough avant-garde films of the 1920’s.
Davidson is also in production on two feature length documentaries exploring the lives of two very different musicians. There’s a Future in the Past tells the story of Grammy-winner Vince Giordano as he struggles to keep the hot jazz big band music of the 1920’s and 30’s alive. At 60, he continues endure the road struggles of rock and rollers half his age. Singer/Songwriter Rob Morsberger is in a race against time as he faces terminal brain cancer. A husband, father, brother, musician, arranger and composer, Morsberger is furiously writing, recording and performing, while arranging for the likes of Patti Smith, Marshal Crenshaw and Crash Test Dummies.
Davidson is Co-Producer and Director of Photographyon Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, a 12-part PBS series that premiered on PBS in 2010and was followed by a successful 2nd season in 2011. A third season is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS in 2013.
Davidson has directed numerous award-winning films, including thePBS documentaries Cissy Houston–Sweet Inspiration (“An exquisite documentary…This is the story of a woman who has thought deeply about the roots of black music.” - the Boston Globe) and The Dancing Man-Peg Leg Bates(“...provides a captivating portrait of Bates, but it does something more. It offers encouragement and salutes determination. The life of Peg leg Bates is an inspiration during Black History Month or any time at all” -The Kansas City Star).
Davidson has received The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant, anEmmy, and major grants form The NEA, NEH and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He holds his Masters in Fine Arts in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Last Updated: 1/3/13