Artist Profile - Beth Harrington

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David Greenberger with a Duplex Planet comic book

Beth Harrington

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2019 Grants for Artist Projects2002 Fellowship Awards2001 Fellowship Awards1999 Grants for Artist Projects
Clark County



Beth Harrington is an Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated independent producer, director, and writer, whose work focuses on American history, music, and culture. Harrington’s 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. In 2014, her film The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music premiered at SXSW as well as 30 other film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Harrington has worked with public television stations WGBH-Boston and OPB in Portland producing, researching, and developing shows for both national and local air on series such as NOVA, Frontline, History Detectives, Oregon Art Beat, and Oregon Experience. Her film Fort Vancouver received a NW Emmy for Best Historical/Cultural Program in 2019. She is also a singer and guitarist, most noted for her years in Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.

Beth received 2019 GAP Award funding for Beyond the Duplex Planet, a documentary about artist David Greenberger, who in 1979 began a dialogue with senior citizens that grew into a word-of-mouth hit publication called The Duplex Planet. This unorthodox project later spun off into books, graphic novels, comics, LPs, and CDs, radio shows, and spoken word-with-music performances. Four decades later, David’s work continues, his perspectives have broadened, and he himself is a senior – one with lots to tell us about the twin arts of conversation and aging creatively.

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