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Emily D. Edwards has been a television news reporter, producer, copywriter, and television art director for NBC and ABC affiliates in Alabama and Tennessee. She was the Director of the Broadcast Sequence at the University of Alabama in Birmingham until she joined the faculty at UNCG in 1987. The producer or director of more than sixteen films, Edwards has also published articles on documentary filmmaking, popular music, the occult and popular culture in journals such as The Journal of Film and Video, TDR, Southern Speech Communication Journal, Southern Folklore, Sex Roles, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Journal, Popular Music and Society, and The International Documentary Association Magazine, among others. She has contributed chapters to books such as Current Research in Film, Hauntings and Poltergeists, and Adolescents and Their Music. Her chapter “The Transgressive Toke: Art and Misdemeanor in Deadhead Imagery” will be published in the book, From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse in 2010. Edwards’ own book, Metaphysical Media: Occult Experience in Popular Culture (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005) is an in-depth discussion of the presentation of a wide spectrum of the occult in popular media and serves as a comprehensive sourcebook of movies and television programs that deal with supernatural characters and themes. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Film and Video.
Edwards’ documentary and narrative films have received awards from Boomtown Film and Music Festival, Moondance Film Festival, The George Lindsey Film Festival, Accolade, and the BEA National Festival of Media Arts, UFVA Faculty competitions, Bare Bones International Film Festival (among others) as well as screenings through festivals, distribution companies, and television broadcasts nationwide. She may be best known for the documentaries, Deadheads: An American Subculture (Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1990); Wondrous Events (Penn State Media, 1995), and Wondrous Healing (Stanley Stern Parallel Lines, 2005). Edwards has received awards for screenwriting in the University Film and Video Production Screenwriting competitions, Twin Rivers, the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Bare Bone International Screenwriting competitions among others. She was a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship competition in 2002. With musician Max Drake, Edwards completed a music CD of music created for the narrative feature film, Bone Creek, which won the 2009 Moondance Film Festival award for the best soundtrack. Tracks from the CD have aired on radio stations Internationally, including Radio Holstebro in Denmark, 98.9 FM Brisbane in Australia, and CKIA-FM (Montreal, Canada) among others.