The MSU Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives, and the Ozarks Studies Institute partner with Carbon Trace Productions to bring you a sequel to the 2-part, 1981 documentary film A Portrait of the Ozarks (Shannon County: Home & Shannon County: Hearts of the Children).

Back-to-the-landers from the 1970s embraced and now carry on the traditional ways of the Ozarks. Meanwhile, descendants of early settlers confront the challenges of a country that would rather forget them. Together and alone, they face the complex issues of the 21st century. Carbon Trace Productions has begun filming “A Portrait of the Ozarks,” a follow-up to the immensely popular and now viral documentary film – of the same name – made about Shannon County in the early 1980s.

You can now watch the first look concept video demonstrating some themes, as well as the look and feel we intend to capture over the next several years of filming in Shannon County.

Vignettes from the original 2-part, 1980 documentary:

  • Edited by Carbon Trace Productions with original music from Sam Clanton.