Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. Harrington most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture.
Her independent production Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination and has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. This and other work reflect a long-standing love of music. In a previous lifetime, she was a rock & roll singer, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers on the Warner Brothers Sire Records label.
Harrington is currently in post-production on The Winding Stream – The Carters, The Cashes and The Course of Country Music, a music history and performance film. The film features members of the Carter and Cash families and includes an interview with the legendary Johnny Cash.
Her critically acclaimed autobiographical documentary, The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles aired on national public television and screened at numerous film festivals. Both this film and Welcome to the Club were produced in association with the Independent Television Service.
Through Boston’s Documentary Guild and WGBH, Beth has worked as a line producer and associate producer on various shows for PBS, among them programs for NOVA, Frontline and The Health Quarterly, as well as two PBS specials. These shows have been honored with a number of awards, including a Peabody (Dating in the Age of AIDS) and two National Emmy nominations (In the Path of a Killer Volcano, and Apollo 13: To The Edge and Back).
Harrington is a past President of Women in Film/New England and a former Vice President of Women in Film/Seattle. She is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has been a media instructor at Washington State University, Lewis & Clark College, Bunker Hill Community College, New England School of Photography, Boston Film/Video Foundation, the Northwest Film Center and the Olympia Film Society as well as an artist–in–residence at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communications from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in American Studies from University of Massachusetts – Boston.
PFP Publishing is extremely pleased and honored to announce the upcoming release of a new companion book to Beth Harrington's film, The Winding Stream. This work will be available in print and eBook versions. The electronic edition will include media clips and other bonuses.
Praise for Harrington's Films:
"A gem! Hilarious! Remarkably rich ... An affecting combination of soul baring and storytelling."
- Boston Herald
- Chicago Sun-Times
"A sophisticated mosaic ... [Harrington's] autobiographical story of a Roman Catholic girlhood in the suburbs of Boston is familiar, but told with sharp humor ... worth catching for its mordant sense of how a child of the1950s creeps toward an acceptance of her past."
- The New York Times
- Boston Phoenix
(Photo courtesy of FH Browne)
(Photo courtesy of FH Browne)
“I’m interested in the way history gets told, and how certain stories get legitimized by the media. It’s also an interesting way of telling women’s history. Where were we in the 1950’s, and where are we now? I think a lot of younger women are surprised at some of the things that seemed like constraints [to one’s career] in 1950, like getting married.”
(Above: Harrington discussing her film Welcome to the Club.)
"The coolest moment so far [in the process of making The Winding Stream] has been meeting Johnny Cash. Might be the coolest moment in my film career. He was awesome. Intense as you might expect but also kind and genuine and really funny. Looked right through you when he was talking to you.Beyond that, I’d say it’s just a kick to interview musicians I admire and talk about -- this great shared reverence for these fantastic roots music progenitors. Joe Ely said, 'People should know who the Carters were, just like they should know who the first president of the United States was.' Amen."