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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. She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture.

Harrington’s 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

She 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.
Harrington is the producer of Kam Wah Chung – the story of two Chinese men living in Eastern Oregon during the Gold Rush. This program aired as part of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s series “Oregon Experience”. Also for that series, she produced, directed and wrote Searching for York, the little known story of an enslaved man who served as a valued member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition which was nominated for two 2009 Northwest Emmys – one for Best Historical and Cultural Program, another for Best Writing.

Two other films of hers, Beervana, a “frothy” history program on Oregon beer culture, and Zigzag, an innovative environmental public affairs show have also received Northwest Emmy nominations. 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.
Harrington enjoys a steady and productive relationship as an independent contractor with Oregon Public Broadcasting, producing, researching, and developing shows for national air. She performed producer/director/writer duties for the popular PBS series History Detectives as well as Digital Television: A Cringely Crash Course, one of PBS's first HDTV offerings. She also served as co-producer/writer of Aleutians: Cradle of the Storms for PBS and Natural History New Zealand. In addition, she has written for various history series for OPB and CPB/Annenberg including The Homes of FDR, and episodes of Bridging World History and America’s History in the Making.

Through Boston’s Documentary Guild and WGBH, she 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).
She is active in various film communities, having served on the board of Film Action Oregon as well as the Oregon Media Production Association. She 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. She 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. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communications from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in American Studies from University of Massachusetts – Boston.