A Portrait of the Ozarks

What is left of traditional life in Ozarks?

Forty years ago, 2-part documentary film project entitled “A Portrait of the Ozarks” asked that question. These films are immensely popular. On YouTube they have received more than half a million views each in the last 5 years, with many comments asking what the Ozarks is like today or reminiscing about bygone days.

The Carbon Trace team believes it is time to revisit this project with a new feature-length documentary film that examines life in the Ozarks specifically and rural America generally. We intend to examine how traditionalism in rural life in this region is informing Ozarkers’ responses to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

We will be working in partnership with the MSU Libraries and the folks in Special Collections and University Archives where the original project is preserved.

You may watch the original films below.

Promotional Videos Edited by Carbon Trace

Gigs from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Canoeing from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Brush Arbors from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Fox Hunt from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Kids! from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

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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.

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