Songs From the Street: Update from JR

Songs From the Street: Update from JR

Here is a life update with JR from the Carbon Trace Productions documentary film Songs From the Street.

Songs From the Street

“Songs From the Street” is the Spring 2020 student film by Carbon Trace Productions.

The homeless community is normally hidden away in the cracks of Springfield, Missouri, concealed from the public eye. But the Springfield Street Choir, a choir composed entirely of the unhoused, forms a sense of community and family within the homeless population. The Choir gives them a chance not only to have their voices heard—but forces the public to acknowledge the humanity of these people they typically ignore and sometimes fear.

Songs From the Street premiered August 27th, 2020, at the Moxie Cinema in downtown Springfield, Mo. The VIP red carpet screening for the Springfield Street Choir was hosted by Carbon Trace Productions, The Connecting Grounds, and The Moxie Cinema on Tuesday, September 1st.

There were numerous local screenings for the film from September through November, held in partnership with The Connecting Grounds (TCG). These events were outdoors, socially distanced, and masked.

Following the shows, there was time for questions and answers with the Carbon Trace crew members, Street Choir leaders and members, and the TCG team. TCG Pastor Christie Love led a dialogue about ensuring our unhoused neighbors’ warmth and safety throughout the cold-weather season.

Next Stages for the Film:

“Songs From the Street” has been entered into over twenty film festivals across the country. The team is now waiting to hear back about official selections. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on local screenings in the Ozarks and updates from the festival circuit.

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

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 participate 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

Community Gardens: Regenerative Agriculture

Community Gardens: Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Video Transcript: 

“Our current farming systems have left ⅓ of the world’s topsoil degraded. 100 million tons of soil are lost to erosion every year, alone.

BUT, there is another way to farm!

This way not only prevents further loss but even reverses it. Regenerative agriculture is a method of farming that focuses on beefing up and enriching the soil as the base of a complete ecological system.

This leads to more biodiverse systems, and more carbon sequestering. Regenerative Agriculture incorporates animals and people in a collected, holistic approach that benefits all parties involved.

This is the only way we’re going to be able to feed our neighborhoods in a way that protects the land and our community, and that’s why I’m proud to be building here at Springfield Community Gardens.”

We are happy to present the first of several videos we are doing for the Springfield Community Gardens this year. Not only do we love its mission and greens, we have a history of partnership that we hope does nothing but grow.

“Springfield Community Gardens works with a network of volunteer community gardens to grow healthy food, build relationships, and generate social capital with each new garden.

We connect neighborhood leaders with available land—acquired through public and private channels. SCG also offers guidance and financial support to create a city-wide infrastructure for the quickly growing garden movement.

Working together, hand in soiled hand, Springfield residents of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds can establish a more connected and aware community that empowers one another toward a common goal.

Because SCG nurtures a sense of place, the movement retains community volunteers and attracts new members who want to become part of such a welcoming environment that encourages growing nutritious food.”

Here are some of the other videos we have done for The Springfield Community Gardens:

 

 

 

Documentary Education is Key

Documentary Education is Key

Hats off to our wonderful student crew filming recently for “All Of A Sudden,our upcoming documentary film covering “Housing First” as a solution to homelessnessAlso, thanks to the good folks at Eden Village for assisting!

This semester we have three fantastic interns that we plan to tell you all about in the coming weeks. 

Carbon Trace Productions is dedicated to educating students in the art of documentary filmmaking. In fact, half our dual nonprofit mission is documentary education. 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. 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.

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. 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.