Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 4

Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 4

The latest Carbon Trace Production is “All of a Sudden,” exploring the lives of the residents of Eden Village. learn more below

 

Hey all you cool cats, crews, and viewers,

While one may assume amidst COVID-19 we would be at a standstill, that “one” has obviously not met us before. We deal with existential dread by drinking far too much coffee, taking 85,792,348,529 videos of our pets/downtown, and doing good in the community. It is easy to throw yourself into the work when you a) love what you are doing and b) use that passion to help others. We are using footage already filmed and are making content for other not-for-profits around 417-land. Check them out HERE and HERE and HERE.

We were thrilled to see some recent public acknowledgment with Witness at Tornillo winning Best Documentary Film at the Kansas City FilmFest International. Additionally, Zero, our award-winning basketball documentary, makes this list of what-to-watch-during-the-lockdown. We agree!

*For a full rundown of all of our recent COVID projects, click HERE. We will continue to work hard and do everything we can to keep the doors open at Carbon Trace Productions. (Remember, our group is a 501c3 organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible.) Donate

– Shannon Cay

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat, activist, and former First Lady of the United States

 

Project Updates

 

Witness at Tornillo: We are still basking in the glory of winning the best documentary film (https://kcfilmfest.org/about-kcffi/awards-2020/) at the Kansas City FilmFest International. We want to thank every single person involved in the movie, particularly the Witness movement. “Witness At Tornillo” is the story of individual action against injustice by using the “subversive act of seeing” to encourage the people running the camps to examine their own effects and ethics. You can watch this award-winning film HERE.

Witness at the Border: Our Carbon Trace crew was set to return to the U.S.-Mexico border to complete filming in March, but the COVID-19 crisis derailed us temporarily. In January, before everything was on lockdown, our team traveled to Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to work on this sequel to Witness At Tornillo. It was a profound experience for our team to film the dire human rights abuses caused in large part by the federal protocol known as MPP, or Remain in Mexico. It was not all woe, though. We had the immeasurable satisfaction of documenting and interviewing some genuinely heroic people. We want to thank them for the miraculous work they perform every day. Check out Heroes at the Border.

Revisiting A Portrait of the Ozarks: Forty years ago, life in rural Missouri was documented through a 2-part documentary about life in Shannon County, Mo., created by Missouri State University’s Center for Ozarks Studies. These films have recently found new life on YouTube, where they have received more than a quarter of a million views each. Earlier this spring at the Shannon County Museum in Eminence, we connected researchers and relatives of those interviewed for a revival of the principal question the films pose: Can a real rural lifestyle continue in the 21st century? We are currently raising funds to document and share the information and experiences of the Shannon County residents nearly a half-century later. Keep us with this project HERE. And check out the original documentaries HERE and HERE.

Syrian Doctor: Editor Mariah Zink is hard at work on this important story about medical missions in a refugee camp, but she paused to create something for immediate use by the staff and volunteers of the Syrian  American Medical Society. Check out this promotional video HERE, including footage from our trip to a refugee camp in Jordan in 2017. Currently, SAMS is delivering life-saving services, promoting medical education via a network of humanitarians in Syria, the US, and beyond, as well as revitalizing health systems during crises like this. We are grateful for all the hard work these people do each and every day.

Songs from the Street: Our student-led production about a choir comprised of members of Springfield, Mo.’s homeless residents is almost finished! Producer Michael Mayrad says the local choir has had a profound effect on its performers and their audiences. Witness their stories HERE. Don’t forget to like and share the group’s Facebook page ) for all the latest updates.

American Drive-in: Editor Ethan Turner turned in the first round of edits for our student-led movie about drive-in movie theaters. We are feeling extra hipster after reading THIS article in the New York Times. While we could have never predicted the pandemic, we did see that drive-in movie theaters were making a comeback. Or maybe. Just maybe… they never went away. Our Patreon insider members can sneak a peek of “American Drive-in” next week–one more reason to become a Patreon supporter!

Eden Village: Doggone COVID-19 has forced us to pause filming on this documentary about the people who, after being homeless for a long period of time, get the opportunity for permanent housing in a “tiny home” community. However, Andy was able to stay at a safe distance to create THIS video for Eden Village that was included in its Easter newsletter. The group’s founders David and Linda Brown are not giving up their hope for a city where #NoOneSleepsOutside.
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A Note from our Creative Board Chairman Shane Franklin

“I spend a great deal of time focusing on the dual mission of Carbon Trace by educating the next generation of documentary filmmakers while creating high-quality media spotlighting the humanitarian service of local, national, and international nonprofits and NGOs. In addition to producing and directing CTP films, I love educating our student crew on the art of documentary film, from the earliest stages of pre-production all the way through the execution of a well-tuned distribution campaign.”

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10 Things For This Sunday!

10 Things For This Sunday!

  1. We are very excited to present to you a teaser for our upcoming project, “All of a Sudden.” This film explores the lives of the residents of Eden Village. A group in Springfield, Missouri providing tiny houses for the homeless, while giving them a refreshed sense of community.
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  2. The Atlantic Daily: 8 Ways to Stay Creative in Quarantine. I have been painting, finding “fun” ways to eat leftovers, and am just about to start that three-sentence novel in between my general feelings of existential dread and the roller coaster of Quretneine Emotions ™.
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  3. Our hats are off to the Springfield News Guild for banding together, saving jobs at Gannette, and keeping News-Leader readers informed.
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  4. Our student-run project, Songs from the Street, is full steam into post-production after filming had to cease due to COVID concerns. This film follows members of The Springfield Street Choir, who find a sense of joy and community performing for the public who usually turns a blind eye. Check out the project’s latest teaser HERE.
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  5.  In the Morning, Before Anything Bad Happens”- a poem by the late Molly Brodak.
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  6. One of our interns is doing a personal project that is an animated documentary. While I thought of him while reading this article, I found it to be helpful for really anyone who wants to add another level of creativity to any documentary film.
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  7. Springfield’s beloved hometown actor Brad Pitt plays Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday Night Live, addressing the public to decipher the coronavirus misinformation President Trump has been spreading.
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  8. If you like sketch comedy and are yearning for the days of going out into the public sphere, try watching The SpringVegas Sketch Show live tonight at 7 pm. Hopefully, when this is over, they can get back to live sketch comedy every 4th Saturday of the month at The Studio Theatre located at 237 S. Florence, here in Springtown.
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  9. Our B.O.D President and leader Andy Cline published this 4-part analysis about our most recent film festival victory. It is very well thought out and deserves your attention.
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  10. Following the excitement of that win, we are pleased to be able to bring the film to your home. You can get more information HERE
Award Winning Film “Witness at Tornillo” Available Online

Award Winning Film “Witness at Tornillo” Available Online

Witness at Tornillo is now available online after winning best documentary feature film at the Kansas City FilmFest International 2020.

Carbon Trace Productions is excited to bring this award-winning film online with Vimeo on Demand.  

Director Shane Franklin and Director of Photography Taye Taye at the film’s premiere in Brooklyn, NY.

You can now rent the documentary for $5, or purchase the film for $10 to watch again and again. Another way to watch Witness at Tornillo online is by becoming a Behind the Scenes Member of our Patreon, where you will find VIP access to Witness at Tornillo and other films, exclusive footage, and many other perks for being a monthly contributor.

“Witness at Tornillo” is the origin story of the Witness Movement. The film features, Joshua Rubin, a man from Brooklyn who sits alone in the Texas desert, morally compelled to witness the injustice of family separation and child detention. His goal is to shut down an American internment camp and free 2,800 migrant children kept against their will. Witness at Tornillo highlights individual perseverance against continued injustice in the borderlands.

Through the “subversive act of seeing,” Rubin encourages those involved in running the Tornillo child detention facility to look back at themselves and examine their personal actions and ethics.

Now that Witness at Tornillo is available online, a portion of the proceeds will fund our continued coverage of Central American asylum-seekers and the Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP, for the film’s sequel, “Witness at the Border.”

We invite you to donate to this project to help our nonprofit documentary team bring this film to theaters as quickly as possible. 

Carbon Trace Productions is a 501c3 non-profit media organization dedicated to educating college students at Missouri State University‘s College of Arts and Letters about the art of documentary film. Students learn to tell stories of compelling social importance without regard to commercial potential. Carbon Trace Productions specializes in working with and telling the stories humanitarian organizations, other non-profits, and NGOs.