David Davidson

MFA Media Arts Prod. Prog. Director/Professor

Main Affiliation

Media and Communication Arts

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Film and Video Production

MFA Film Program


Shepard Hall







David Davidson


 Dave Davidson is an independent documentary filmmaker and media educator whose work focuses on the arts, culture and social issues. His most recent film, Everything Turns - Everything Revolves (2013), on the Dadaist and experimental filmmaker, Hans Richter, was a featured installation at major museum exhibitions in Los Angeles (LACMA), Berlin (Gropius-Bau) and Metz (Centre Pompidou). Davidson has directed over twenty award-winning documentaries, many broadcast nationally on PBS. These include, A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School (2010), Into the Light (1996), The Dancing Man - Peg Leg Bates (1992) and Cissy Houston - Sweet Inspiration (1988). From 2010 to 2013, Davidson was Director of Photography and co-producer on the 9-part PBS series, Michael Feinstein's American Songbook. With Amber Edwards, his partner in Hudson West Productions, he recently completed the feature documentary, There's a Future in The Past on the early Jazz bandleader and historian, Vince Giordano. He is currently in post-production on another feature documentary, A Gesture and a Word, chronicling the final months of a brillian songwriter/poet fighting brain cancer. 

Davidson's documentaries have been funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Prudential Foundation and The New York State Council on the Arts. He has received The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, The Pioneer of the Arts Award from the Black Experimental Theatre Company and The Christopher Award. His films have garnered the following awards: The Chicago Int. FF, The San Francisco Int. FF, The Black Maria FF, Worldfest Houston, and The Newark Black FF, among others. 

Davidson is a professor and the founding director of The MFA in Media Arts Production Program (recently named The MFA in Film) at The City College in Harlem, where he has taught since 1984.