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Purcell Carson

Purcell Carson

Documentary Film and Video

About

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.


Quality Orange

video

JUNE, 2000
VIDEO DURATION: 17:38 MIN.

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.


Import Export

16mm color film

JUNE, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 6 MIN.

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

digital video

Co-directed with Joanne Shen
MARCH, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 8 MIN.

Bread examines the efforts of a growing local currency movement in Berkeley.


The Soft-Serve Years

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.
More than 30 years ago, Mexican immigrant Jesus Nu–ez inherited an ice cream truck from his neighbor. Since then, its tinny music and soft-serve cones have been a fixture of his Sacramento neighborhood and a source of stability for family of ten children. On the eve of retirement, Jesus and his wife Guadalupe reflect on the family business that brought them pride.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cinequest San Jose 2000, Silver Images, Chicago, 2000