Purcell Carson comes to film from the world of design and interactive publishing. Most recently, she produced fodors.com, a website of customized guides and discussion forums for travelers. Since turning to documentary, she has chosen to tell stories of small, personal responses to large economic realities. She studied literature and semiotics as an undergraduate at Brown University.
A perfect orange is no happy accident of nature. In a series of documentary vignettes, Quality Orange introduces the men and women who devote their days--and a few sleepless nights--to the orange. This is the story of parallel quests for perfection: from laborers' efforts to earn a living to growers' searches for a more profitable piece of fruit.
16mm color film
Filmed on the dockyards in Oakland, California, Import Export is a visual essay documenting the rhythms and scale of container shipping. It explores the grace of both human and machine labor, the sheer volume of consumer goods and the atmosphere of an industrial landscape.
Bread examines the efforts of a growing local currency movement in Berkeley.
16mm black and white film