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Carson "Kit" Davidson
June 24, 1924
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
|Died||September 29, 2016 (aged 92)|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Alma mater||Antioch College|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret "Mickie" Davidson|
Carson "Kit" Davidson (June 24, 1924 - September 29, 2016) was an American filmmaker, writer, and editor. Born in Washington, D.C., Davidson attended Antioch College, and served as a blood analysis technician during World War II. Working at Dynamic Films in the early 1950s, he began a filmmaking career that spanned four decades, during which he made more than a dozen short films, two of which were nominated for Academy Awards. After thirty years in filmmaking, Davidson became an editor of medical texts, working into his nineties. In 1966, Davidson and his wife, the children's book author Margaret "Mickie" Davidson, purchased 420 acres of land in Vermont, which became the Taconic Mountains Ramble, a Vermont State Park, after Davidson's death in 2016.
- Ink and Rice Paper (1954), a short film about woodblock printer Lowell Naeve, later re-edited and re-released as Woodblock Printer.
- 3rd Ave. El (1955), Academy Award-nominated short film about the Third Avenue elevated train in New York City.
- The Inspector's Badge (1960), an award-winning sponsored film about the Rochester division of the Tobin Packing Company.
- The First Prize Story (1960), a sponsored film about the Albany division of the Tobin Packing Company.
- Brake Free (1970), a narrative short depicting the Mount Washington Cog Railway, set to music from Beethoven's third and seventh symphonies.
- Granite (1980), a short film about granite quarrying, filmed at the Rock of Ages quarries in Barre, Vermont, set to Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3.
Davidson wrote one children's book, Fast-Talking Dolphin (1978), and co-wrote three in the "Make-Believe It's You" series with his wife Margaret, The Adventures of Puss in Boots Starring You (1987), The Adventures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Starring You (1987), and The Adventures of Thumbelina Starring You (1987).
Eleven of Carson Davidson's films, including both films nominated for an Academy Award, were preserved from original film elements by the Academy Film Archive between 2009 and 2013.
In the media
- Davidson, Carson (1978). Fast-Talking Dolphin. Scholastic. ISBN 0590425137.
- "Preserved Projects". Oscars.org. Academy Film Archive. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- Carson Davidson - IMDb
- Carson "Kit" Davidson
- Carson Davidson Obituary - Rutland, Vermont | Legacy.com
- Films directed by Carson Davidson • Letterboxd
- Carson Davidson | BFI
- Carson DAVIDSON - Festival de Cannes 2020
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