10 Things to Watch this Sunday

10 Things to Watch this Sunday

Happy Sunday!

Here are all the things you may have missed this week:

  1. “Witness at Tornillo” wins best documentary film at the Kanas City Film Fest!!!! We want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped with the film, but especially Director Shane Franklin and Director of Photography Taye Taye. They and many others have worked tirelessly on this project. A round of applause and a round of drinks are certainly deserved.
  2. Watch this video about the Heroes at the Border. In January, before everything was on lockdown, our team traveled to Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to start filming the 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 the following organizations for appearing in our film and for the miraculous work they perform every day.
  3.  Have you seen this fantastic video published by 417 Magazine this week? If not, it is worth every second of your time to see this beautiful place. #417strong video creators say they have been inspired by locals who have come up with creative ways to connect, support local businesses, and save lives.
  4. Songs From the Street has a new teaser out this week. The Street Choir has had a profound effect on the people who’ve joined the choir’s ranks. Witness their stories. Hear them sing. Please don’t forget to like and share!
  5.  Speaking of, we saw The Connecting Grounds needed a way to update the community as to what their members are doing during this pandemic. We made this for them, and you can watch it here.
  6.  We did a watch part on Netflix: Cuba and the Cameraman. While I long for the days of CTP monthly movie parties, the chat function was a fun way to watch a film together. It made me feel a little closer to my friends in what feels like an era of separation.
  7.  The crew with Carbon Trace is feeling extra hipster, after reading THIS article from 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 will be able to view a draft version of our upcoming short “American Drive-in.”
  8.  We support Springfield’s Crystal Methyd on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Post Office, and Samantha Irby sending us Judge Mathis rundowns to our inbox each weekday.
  9.  Carbon Trace Productions is helping other organizations in the best way we know-how during this health crisis. Watch this video we made for the Syrian American Medical Society. This work is part of our non-profit humanitarian mission.
  10.  The only way we can continue to make this mission a reality is from contributions from people like you. You can make a tax-deductible donation to Carbon Trace Productions HERE.
Witness At Tornillo Streams Saturday for KC FilmFest International

Witness At Tornillo Streams Saturday for KC FilmFest International

Witness At Tornillo will stream online on Saturday 18 April at 4:00 p.m. CDT as part of the Kansas City FilmFest International 2020. It is an official selection in the documentary feature category. The event was moved online due to the coronavirus.

This is the only time the film will be available online until Carbon Trace Productions offers it for pay-per-view after the current film festival season.

A Q & A with Director Shane Franklin and Editor Taye Taye will immediately follow the stream on Zoom.

All-access festival passes are available through the KC FilmFest website.

The Carbon Trace crew is producing a sequel focusing on the Migrant Protection Protocols — also known as the “remain in Mexico” policy — examining the lives of refugees in the border camps and the private citizen volunteers helping them survive as they wait for their hearings in the asylum tent courts.

You can help tell this new story, and keep Witness At Tornillo in circulation, by making a tax-deductible donation to Carbon Trace Productions.

Be sure to check out our other films here.

Weekend Update

Weekend Update

This week,

We have been making some great content for your stay at home eyeballs. With all this extra time on our hands, we are happy to be able to give you a glimpse into what is to come soon.

In addition to getting out this content for you, I have been spending my extra time doing the essential things like eating cake for breakfast, socializing by squinting at a tiny little Zoom box, and taking my dog on 453745763 walks. As you can see below, he is ready for a Netflix binge this weekend. 

Now back to business, Carbon Trace Productions will be producing several featuring our newly announced Project “Revisiting: A portrait of the Ozarks” (title still TBD).  We are excited about our new partnership with The Missouri State Library Department and are looking forward to beginning filming when this virus business closes shop.

For a little background on the project, forty years ago, life in Shannon County, Missouri, was preserved through a 2-part documentary created by Missouri State University’s Center for Ozarks Studies. The current versions on YouTube have received more than a quarter of a million views each in the last five years, with many comments either asking what Shannon County is like today or making assumptions about the community. We want to go back and revisit this narrative of rural life and ask, “Can one achieve rural life in the 21st century?”

The crew at Carbon Trace Productions is also excited about our student lead film this semester, Songs from the Street. This documentary short follows the Springfield Street Choir, a group trying to give the homeless community of Springfield a place to forget their troubles, singing for their enjoyment once a week. Expect to see a teaser soon. On that note, I am going to do a little brag today about our newest board member Jym. He discovered that, due to the pandemic closures, the homeless community has little to no place to rest, causing them to walk even more than average. They needed shoes and BOY did he deliver. 


You should check out this slide show he created from photographs he has taken of the Homeless Choir HERE.

I am signing off for the weekend- even though right now- that too could be mistaken for the work week’s twin sister in these times. Here is to hoping for virus-free days and big parties when this is over.

Until then, to use a saying from one of my favorite podcasts, see you on the internet!

<3 Shannon Cay