Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 6

Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 6

Good Day World, 

The heat of summertime is upon us here in southwest Missouri. As the sun sanitizes, we are looking at our own homes and hearts. I am doing a lot of thinking lately about my values and how to act on them. Actions reflect our values because actions don’t lie. I can say I want to run a marathon until I am blue in the face, but it’s the first jog that will get me there.  At Carbon Trace Productions, our values are truth, education, and creativity.

We pride ourselves in our documentary-style cinematography, no matter the project. Our upcoming full-length film Songs From the Street is a perfect example. Be sure to send them some love this week as they raise funds to amplify the story. The Carbon Trace team always wants to hear from real people, speaking from the heart — never a script.

Education happens through action. We offer interdisciplinary internships every semester with hands-on film making experience. We also are always looking for film ideas. If you have any thoughts, be sure to send them to us by going to our website. I believe values are won and lost through those life experiences. Creativity via documentary film leaves the viewer feeling as though they have lived through these life experiences themselves. We hope to give people the window to look out in hopes it will cause them to act on their values.

-Shannon Cay, Executive Director

Songs From the Street Fundraising Video from Michael Mayrand on Vimeo.

The student team with Songs From the Street is reaching the finish line with the development of this film. It’s the story of a choir made up of homeless individuals fighting to be seen in their community. The crew is currently raising funds to support the film after release — for marketing and distribution to spread the story of the Street Choir to as many people as possible! Please take the time to donate or share. Anything helps.

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We are starting to pull together the stories of American volunteers in Matamoros, Mexico as Witness at the Border moves through the editing stage. These volunteers are the only lifeline for Central American refugees caught between two governments hostile to their situation. As the U.S. asylum courts deny their claims and the Mexican government takes daily steps to make camp life difficult, the refugees and volunteers are waiting for justice.

 

 

This is the story of the residents at Eden Village, the result of a decade-long concern with homelessness held by David and Linda Brown — two wealthy residents of downtown Springfield. They see the homeless not as annoyances but as neighbors. To alleviate homelessness, they are opening up tiny home villages. The purpose of Eden Village is not to provide “adequate housing” for the disabled homeless but instead to establish a sense of community. Our crew had to pause this project to protect the health and safety of the All of a Sudden’s subjects. We have implemented new COVID safety measures and will return to filming as early as this week. 

 

Missouri State University and Carbon Trace Productions are searching for the real indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas such as Shannon County, Missouri. We want to go beyond county-level population trends and employment, income, and poverty reports to meet the real people who live in such a rural part of the state. Working together, we hope to shed light on stereotypes and assumptions of the rural Ozarks. See more about the story on our website

 

 

Witness At Tornillo is available on pay-per-view after winning Best Documentary at the KC FilmFest International 2020. This is the story of individual action against the injustice of family separations and internment camps for children at the U.S. border. The documentary utilizes the “subversive act of seeing” to encourage us all to examine our ethics and compassion. You can watch this award-winning film HERE.  

Ten Things for Sunday

Ten Things for Sunday

Here are our internet gems for the week!

  1. We are proud to draw attention to Carbon Trace Production’s Summer intern, Chris Gawat
  2. Time to make lemonade. Carbon Trace Production’s founder Andy Cline is using the opportunity the coronavirus crisis has created to begin shifting his teaching and evaluating. Goodbye tests. Hello, portfolios.
  3. We love a good, honest Snopes article. This one is about that petri dish photo that has been sweeping social media.
  4. On that note, The Carbon Trace Team is starting back up filming with every one of us wearing a mask. As we start production again, we are thinking about what works and what will not moving forward.
  5. People who live in our home base of Springfield, Missouri, continue to show up. We all have to keep the momentum going, we have to keep having those uncomfortable conversations, and we have to stay informed.
  6. Also, moving forward means planning for success, as our Board Member Jym Wilson explains.
  7. I don’t know if I have ever seen a quilt I like more than these from Rosie Lee Thompson.
  8. We are celebrating our Supreme Court victory this week, protecting our LGBTQ+ friends in the workplace and public. The ACLU’s deputy director for trans justice, Chase Strangio, a trans man, who called this case his “baby.” 
  9. Watch this wife and husband duo work the timber using only their prized donkey.
  10. The whole student team has worked tirelessly on the upcoming film “Songs from the Street.” Help them reach their goals today

Songs From the Street Fundraising Video from Michael Mayrand on Vimeo.

 

Note from Carbon Trace

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To take part in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking

Check out our Patreon memberships. At the $5 per month level of support, you get free VIP codes for all Carbon Trace pay-per-view movies, including the right to download a copy to keep! It’s a great way to watch our documentary films while supporting our nonprofit mission of documentary education and humanitarian service.

 

Meet the Intern: Chris Gawat

Meet the Intern: Chris Gawat

Documentary education is one half of our dual non-profit mission here at Carbon Trace. 

Carbon Trace Productions is dedicated to educating students in the diverse skills required for the art of documentary filmmaking. Our non-profit film studio in Springfield, Missouri works primarily with students at Missouri State University, but we will work with any student anywhere with an important story to tell.

Carbon Trace is excited to introduce our summer intern, Chris Gawat. This is Chris’s second semester interning with us.

He’s completing his final semester at Missouri State University, and has previously worked as a videographer for M.S.U. and interned at Daugherty Business Solutions.

You may have seen his work editing the trailer for Witness at the Border as well as his videography and editing of our recent video on the Springfield, Missouri, Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

This summer semester, Chris will be writing social media content for our current films, as well as editing for Witness at the Border and All of a Sudden

 

 

Be sure to check out his film reel and be sure to take a look at his personal photography business. Chris is a real catch for us as he is extremely talented and driven to tell meaningful stories. We are thankful for his hard work. The entire team is looking forward to helping him hone-in and show-off his diverse skills. 

 

To take part in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking

Check out our Patreon memberships. At the $5 per month level of support, you get free VIP codes for all Carbon Trace pay-per-view movies, including the right to download a copy to keep! It’s a great way to watch our documentary films while supporting our nonprofit mission of documentary education and humanitarian service.