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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. 

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