Carbon Trace Productions August Newsletter

Carbon Trace Productions August Newsletter

Welcome to another Carbon Trace Newsletter, 

the exclusive monthly E-mail for our outstanding viewers who strive to go deeper and learn more about humanity. Each month, I send you what the team believes is a potentially life-changing film idea in hopes you agree. This month, we have a lot on our plate. 

Let’s get into it.

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We are proud to announce the completion of our 2020 student film Songs From the Street. This film is about so much more than the Springfield Street Choir growing in popularity. The choir helps form a sense of community and family within our town’s homeless population, showing audiences the joy to be had by those we typically ignore. We premiered the film for our VIP members and had four public screenings this month at the Moxie Cinema. A special VIP screening is planned for September 1st for the Springfield Street Choir themselves to see the film. Due to the popularity of the project, we are planning more public screenings soon.

The Missouri State University’s archive team and Carbon Trace staff have officially turned in the National Endowment for Humanities grant we have been working on for several months. The A Portrait of the Ozarks team won’t hear back about it until wintertime. Stay tuned. However, we will have a fundraiser for the project coming out in mid-September to finish our pre-production costs. 

All of a Sudden is planned to be a feature-length film that follows Eden Village residents, an all-inclusive program in Springfield that addresses the chronically disabled homeless’s needs. They use the Housing First method, meaning they take in folks despite any addictions or mental health issues. For those of you who have been following Carbon Trace, we had to break on this project due to COVID concerns. While we are still very focused on the safety of disadvantaged populations and ourselves, we have begun filming again under our new filming regulations. 

“16 Weeks” has been picked as our student film to debut in Summer 2021. Newest members of the Carbon Trace Team, Greta Cross and Diana Dudenhoeffer, are documenting the lives of the Missouri State University community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Relying on volunteer-generated content in the form of vlog-style videos captured on smartphones, 16 Weeks offers a unique perspective on this new reality. Everyday people have the opportunity to showcase their story living through this historic time. We look forward to showing you more on this soon. 

Carbon Trace Looking for Student Filmmakers

Carbon Trace Looking for Student Filmmakers

One half of our dual mission is documentary education. Carbon Trace Productions is dedicated to educating students in the diverse skills required for the art of documentary filmmaking. Our nonprofit 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 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. The department of Media, Journalism & Film offers a documentary certificate program open to students and the public.

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

Songs From the Street to Premiere at the Moxie Cinema

Songs From the Street to Premiere at the Moxie Cinema

Carbon Trace Productions is proud to announce the release of Songs From the Street – a documentary film produced by media students from Missouri State University and the professional staff of Carbon Trace Productions.

In the fall of 2019, a group of homeless people gathered for the first time to form the Springfield Street Choir. Student filmmakers began following this unique group as it rehearsed, performed, and continue to live life on the streets. According to Christie Love, lead pastor at The Connecting Grounds interdenominational church where the group rehearses, the street choir’s core purpose is to show audiences that homeless people are regular people, who deserve kindness.

“The Choir aims to help homeless people on an individual level by giving them something enjoyable to do while promoting a message to the public to incite local change.”

The film’s Director, Mackenzie Huffman, says the project came from a desire to humanize the people that are typically ignored.

“The intent of this documentary is to give homeless people a voice and to show the public that the homeless are people too and deserve their respect and attention.”

As momentum for the choir was building, the COVID-19 pandemic approached Springfield, putting an already at-risk group in danger of greater harm. Neighboring residents and businesses also began to voice complaints about the increasing numbers of homeless people gathering at the church. With no end in sight to the pandemic and no opportunities for rehearsals or performances in the immediate future, “Songs From the Street” is a window into the world of shattered hopes and dreams of a segment of the population that many choose to look past.

“Songs From the Street” will be at the Moxie Theater on

Thursday, August 27th, at 7 pm and 7:30pm,

Friday, August 28th at 5 p.m.,

Saturday, August 29, at 3 p.m.

Pre-ordering your tickets online are recommended due to limited seating.


**Note on online ticket sales and social distancing**

Please order tickets in groups of the 3-4 that you want to be seated next to at the event.

After you reserve your seat, the website will block off the remaining seats close to you.