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Purcell Carson is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York. As an editor, she’s served as a lead creative partner on long-form documentaries, including the Oscar-winning Smile Pinki and the 2011 Semper Fi: Always Faithful, which won best-editing from the Tribeca Film Festival. As director, she is currently finishing Among the Perishable, a multi-character portrait of the global banana industry and has begun a series of shorts exploring the Guatemalan community in New Jersey. Purcell teaches a seminar in urban studies and film at Princeton University, where she is project director of a multi-year community-based documentary project, The Trenton Project. She is a graduate of Brown and Stanford.
Purcell Carson is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York. As an editor, she’s served as a lead creative partner on award-winning, long-form documentaries which have aired nationally and internationally and received numerous honors, including a 2009 Oscar. Her editing craft in particular has received an Emmy nomination and best-editing awards from the Tribeca and Woodstock film festivals.
In her work, Purcell works to shape visually rich and emotionally nuanced stories to enhance the public conversation about complex issues. As editor of Rachel Libert’s Semper Fi: Always Faithful, she was part of the successful push for legislation to improve benefits for military veterans exposed to environmental toxins. Her work on Megan Mylan’s Academy Award-winning Smile Pinki helped raised awareness for an issue in global health. Other films, Note by Note and How to Grow a Band, dive deep into the way that other artists harness their own craft. As director, Purcell is currently finishing a multi-character portrait of the global banana industry, Among the Perishable, and has begun a series of shorts exploring the Guatemalan community in New Jersey. Her work has been generously championed by the Kendeda Sustainability Fund, the Sulzberger Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony.
Purcell graduated from Brown University and holds an M.A. from Stanford’s Program in Documentary Film and Video. She divides her time between New York City and Princeton University where she directs a multi-year community-based documentary project, The Trenton Project, through a hands-on seminar that uses film to explore issues facing American cities today.