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Carbon Trace Productions is a documentary/educational organization founded by Dr. Andrew Cline, professor of  media and journalism at Missouri State University. CTP is a Missouri non-profit corporation (501c3 status pending) dedicated to documentary education for college students. The production crew finished its first feature-length project in 2016 — Downtown — a documentary film about the emerging trend of Americans choosing to move away from the suburbs in search of a new American Dream in re-developing urban centers. Downtown screened at the 2016 New Urbanism Film where it won the Best Urbanism Sociology Film category award. The team also produced a documentary short related to Downtown called Shared Spaces — an official selection at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival. Production has begun on a second feature-length documentary about an emerging mental health issue in Syrian refugee children. The team finished three documentary shorts from 2017 to 2018 — Souriyat, the story of a rehabilitation facility in Amman, Jordan serving Syrian refugees, and Joonyper, the story of a tragic death by heroin overdose. Souriyat screened at the 2018 Atlanta Docfest. CTP also produced Homeschooling in Middle America in 2018, a film by Chinese student filmmaker Yiran Liu. Projects currently in production or post-production include:

  1. Syrian Doctor (working title), a story of the mental health crisis in Syrian refugee children.
  2. Witness at Tornillo, a story of an American internment camp and the man who stood witness.
  3. A Vietnam Peace Story, a story of the inner journey back to Hill 50 — the site of a desperate battle.
  4. Coach (working title), a story of the struggles of a high school basketball program and the man with a plan to change it.
  5. Recurrent, a story of non-combat PTSD.


“Downtown” won Best Urban Sociology Film at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.

“Joonyper” won Best Documentary/Reality Short at the 2018 Ozark Mountain Webfest in Branson, Missouri.


Carbon Trace Productions Professional Staff: Andy Cline: Executive Producer | Chelsea Eichholz: Producer | Shannon Cay Bowers: Executive Director of Carbon Trace Productions | Shane Franklin: Producer | Tyler Beck: Associate Producer  | Taye Taye: Chief Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist

Carbon Trace Productions

1330 E. Cherry St. #104

Springfield, MO 65802