Our Mission

Carbon Trace Productions is a Missouri non-profit media organization (501c3 status pending) dedicated to educating college students about the art of filmed and multimedia documentaries. Students learn to tell stories of compelling social importance without regard to commercial potential. Carbon Trace Productions specializes in working with, and telling stories about, humanitarian organizations, other non-profits, and NGOs.

Current Projects:

Every Child

This documentary short returns to a civic journalism project by the Springfield News-Leader that chronicled the lives of several poor families. The film picks up six years later to see what these lives are like today following an effort by the City of Springfield to mitigate its high poverty rate. The film will premiere at a plenary film session at the 2018 Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University during the fall semester.

Syrian Doctor (working title)

This documentary film explores the ravages of “human devastation syndrome” among Syrian refugee children. It follows the work of two doctors providing care to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece: Dr. Khalid Hamza and Dr. Tarif Bakdash. It is in production now. We have no firm release date set.

Student Debt (working title)

This web-based, multimedia documentary explores the Student Debt crisis — America’s next economic bubble. This site and associated podcast are in production and will be released in the spring of 2019.