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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. She has recently finished editing Simple as Water, a feature documentary following five Syrian refugees in five countries which recently also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
As director, she is currently working on a feature archival documentary, Harlan B. Joseph Was Here, about a young man shot by a police officer in 1968 Trenton. Purcell spent 2019 on a Fulbright in Guatemala; she is directing an essay film, La Vida No Termina, about the the migrant community in New Jersey. These two projects are connected to the seminar she teaches 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.