About Us

Our Mission

Carbon Trace Productions is a Missouri non-profit media organization dedicated to educating college students about the art of filmed and multimedia documentaries. Students learn to tell stories of compelling social importance without regard to commercial potential. Carbon Trace Productions specializes in working with, and telling stories about, humanitarian organizations, other non-profits, and NGOs.

Carbon Trace Productions is a documentary/educational organization founded by Dr. Andrew Cline, professor of  media and journalism at Missouri State University. CTP is a Missouri non-profit corporation dedicated to documentary education for college students. The production crew finished its first feature-length project in 2016 — Downtown — a documentary film about the emerging trend of Americans choosing to move away from the suburbs in search of a new American Dream in re-developing urban centers. Downtown screened at the 2016 New Urbanism Film where it won the Best Urbanism Sociology Film category award. The team also produced a documentary short related to Downtown called Shared Spaces — an official selection at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival. Production has begun on a second feature-length documentary about an emerging mental health issue in Syrian refugee children. The team finished three documentary shorts from 2017 to 2018 — Souriyat, the story of a rehabilitation facility in Amman, Jordan serving Syrian refugees, and Joonyper, the story of a tragic death by heroin overdose. Souriyat screened at the 2018 Atlanta Docfest. CTP also produced Homeschooling in Middle America in 2018, a film by Chinese student filmmaker Yiran Liu. Zero, our student production for 2019, screened at The Moxie, in Springfield, in May and is now making the film festival rounds. Our latest feature-length film, Witness At Tornillo, is on tour nationally.

Projects currently in production or post-production include:

  1. Syrian Doctor (working title), a story of the mental health crisis in Syrian refugee children.
  2. A Vietnam Peace Story, a story of the inner journey back to Hill 50 — the site of a desperate battle.
  3. American Drive-in, a story of entertainment nostalgia.


“Downtown” won Best Urban Sociology Film at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.

“Joonyper” won Best Documentary/Reality Short at the 2018 Ozark Mountain Webfest in Branson, Missouri.

“Zero: won Best Documentary/Reality Short at the 2019 Ozark Mountain Webfest in Branson, Missouri


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Carbon Trace Productions Professional Staff: Andy Cline: Executive Producer | Chelsea Eichholz: Producer | Shannon Cay Bowers: Executive Director of Carbon Trace Productions | Shane Franklin: Senior Producer | Tyler Beck: Associate Producer  | Taye Taye: Chief Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist

Carbon Trace Productions

1330 E. Cherry St. #104

Springfield, MO 65802