Beth Davison (PhD) has been a faculty member at Appalachian State University since 1997 and is the Co-Directory of University Documentary Film Services. Her documentary projects, screened internationally, include The Denim Dynasty, Eva & Moe, Dulatown, Saving the Big-Eared Bats and a History of Moses H. Cone Estate. She works ongoing with many community partners including her work with the National Park Service to produce short documentaries screened at the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service Visitor center in Blowing Rock, NC
A History of Moses H. Cone Estate Memorial Park: From Private Retreat to Public Pleasure Ground. Produced for the National Park Service - Blue Ridge Parkway: Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.
Saving the Virginia Big-Eared Bats - 2019 - Produced for Blue Ridge Conservancy
A multi-agency effort to save an endangered species of bats. In the high country of North Carolina, a planned highway widening project and an old mystery sets the stage for this short film about discovery and survival.
Eva & Moe - 2017
Writer, Rough Cut Editor, and Executive Producer for this 8 minute short.
In 1936, Eva Feld and her husband Moe, Jewish-American newlyweds, traveled to Poland to meet their grandmothers and extended families for the first time. Moe, an amateur photographer, brought along a movie camera and filmed hours of footage, to show the family back in the US. Eva and Moe also had an agenda beyond just the visit: they hoped to convince their Polish relatives to leave an increasingly threatening political climate. Unfortunately, they declined to leave Poland with Eva and Moe and were killed a few short years later by the Nazis. Despite the devastating coda, Eva and Moe exists in a precious, tenuous moment. Through Moe’s footage, we follow Eva as she interacts with her family members in the Polish countryside. We learn from Eva’s nephew, our narrator, that the happy and vivacious Eva he discovered in the films was unknown to him throughout the rest of her life.
Screened Internationally in 2016 & 2017 including.
- Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Warsaw Poland
- NY Docs - Hunter College Student Show Case
- Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival
DULATOWN - 2018
Dulatown is a documentary short about a community in Lenoir, NC established from land a slave owner (Alfred Dula) bequeathed to his slave (Harriet) and their eight children. Dulatown remains home to the extended Dula clan and embraces its history at a bi-annual reunion where in recent years both African-American and White Dula relatives come together around their shared genealogy to acknowledge they have more in common than just a surname. Using contemporary interviews with members of the Dula family alongside historical images, this film weaves an insightful tale of history, family, race and identity.
The Denim Dynasty - 2016
The Cone family story reflects prominent themes in the American narrative: immigration, reconstruction, industrial revolution, paternalism, and philanthropy. Their story is also the story of the North Carolina textile industry and the textile workers who lived and raised their families in mill villages. The Denim Dynasty explores the history of the Cone family, their factories, and those who worked for them in making Cone textiles a world leader in denim production. Their long-lasting legacy is still apparent in the North Carolina landscape as the Cone name graces a regional medical center, roads, campus buildings an elementary school, and a national park.