Princess A. Hairston is a creative director, producer, cinematographer, and Emmy-nominated editor based in New York City. Princess was selected as one of 25 filmmaker nominees for the 2020 Lynn Shelton Of A Certain Age grant. She has produced, directed and edited documentary films and impactful campaigns. Princess is known for LULARICH, THIS WORLD IS NOT MY OWN, PIER KIDS, FRESH DRESSED, MASTERPIECE OF LOVE AND CAPTURE w/ MARK SELIGER.  Her strong storytelling skills have developed through editing in film and television for the past 16 years, working with several advertising agencies, production companies, and independent filmmakers on impactful media content. She is a recipient of the 2018 Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship, the 2019 DCTV Docu WIP Lab, and a 2018 Winner of the NYTVF + WEtv Producer Pitch which led to a development deal.  With a love for exploratory and historical works, Princess has collaborated with several companies and filmmakers to story produce/consult, direct, and edit several works across various media outlets. Her work has been recognized with nominations and awards from the Emmys, The Webbys, and many film festivals. Through her production company Straight Path Pictures, Princess directs and produces documentary films, narrative shorts, doc series, and branded content. Princess is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and the Alliance of Editors. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be creative. Growing up I didn't have access to a lot of museums, studios, concerts, etc., only my pink radio and the floor model TV. Well, that was enough to get me started. I loved listening to music but television and film was vastly my favorite part of growing up. The fascination started when I would watch old westerns with my parents. Filmmaking...ah, that's where my attention would draw for hours. I could watch a movie over and over and over again. I would try to analyze the director's thoughts in my head. Why did he or she choose that angle?, why that take?, how did they do that effect? Watching films would simply amaze me. Every aspect of making a film inspired me in many ways, thus I pursued this career path. I started booking jobs as a production assistant, camera assistant, etc. It was so exciting to meet people who also had goals and aspirations for this crazy industry. I later became an Assistant Editor, then Editor for TV commercials, Short Films and Music Videos. Connecting scenes to cleverly tell a story is so intriguing. Seeing the Director's vision, watching the actors live vicariously through a character, choosing sound to help move a story, it all makes sense to me now. I then stepped into the Director's role and directed my first project. The journeys to come will be amazing. NOTHING'S WRITTEN UNTIL YOU WRITE IT