Sneak Preview of Local Production

Sneak Preview of Local Production

Carbon Trace Productions is excited to be working alongside Sooner Than Later Studios for its upcoming indie film “The Land of Milk and Honey.”


It is no surprise that our Board Member Jym Wilson started capturing some amazing photography. We wanted to show you a little preview of this highly anticipated work as they wrap up with the first full week of filming. Here is just a taste of what is to come “Sooner Than Later.”


LtoR: Chloe Blotter, Wolfgang Turner, Levi Scroggs, Jameson Blair
Jonna Kae Volz
LtoR: Colton Jackson, Jameson Blair, Chloe Blotter, James Styron, Levi Scroggs, Wolfgang Turner
Jonna Kae Volz
Chloe Blotter


Support A New Ozarks Documentary

Support A New Ozarks Documentary

Please join us in making the new documentary,

 A Portrait of the Ozarks, a reality

A Portrait of the Ozarks is a feature-length documentary project that explores traditionalism in Ozarks life.  Using Shannon County as the focus of the project, our goal is to use the power of storytelling to explore how traditionalism is evident in the Ozarks today.  Preserved by descendants of the early settlers, but also adopted by the newer residents wishing to get back to the land, traditionalism shapes much of the culture of the rural Ozarks.

This documentary is a follow-up to the very popular two-part production released in 1981.  Led by Bob Moore (producer), Bob Flanders (MSU faculty emeritus), Lynn Morrow (Ozarks historian), this documentary, also titled A Portrait of the Ozarks, is still popular today and can be viewed online.

The funds from this campaign will join earlier donations from individuals and organizations and allow us to reach our preproduction goal of $20,000. With that support, the documentary team can move forward on this exciting new project. One of the highest priorities is to interview people involved with the original documentary.  Some voices have already been lost in the forty years since the first documentary. We cannot delay in reaching out to people who can still share their stories.

This new project is a joint venture between the Missouri State University LibrariesMissouri State University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film, and nonprofit documentary film studio Carbon Trace Productions.

Links to video, related Facebook pages, and media coverage are available on the project website.  We hope you will visit the page on a regular basis. More content will be added as we move forward.

For more information, contact Anne Baker, head of special collections, Missouri State University.

Donations can also be made by check.  Please indicate Ozark Documentary in the check’s note field and send your contribution to:

MSU Foundation

Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center

300 South Jefferson, Suite 100

Springfield, MO 65806

Thank you for your interest in A Portrait of the Ozarks!

Please contact Anne Baker with any questions: or 417-836-5428.

A transcript of this video is available for download here.

*In addition, MSU alumni who make a qualifying gift of $50 or more receive a V.I.B.card – Very Important Bear.

Visit MSU Alumni Association for additional information on how to become engaged with the association and what events are coming to your area.

07/30/2020 — Eminence MO — Stills and video of Crystal Creek Ranch owners Bob and Bette Byrnes for “Portrait of the Ozarks.” (back to the landers in the original film) with Andy Cline and Shannon Cay.
© 2020 Jym Wilson/Carbon Trace Productions
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Missing Sports Crowds? Here is a Film for You

Missing Sports Crowds? Here is a Film for You

Do you yearn for sports crowds and local teams playing against each other?

Look no further… You can watch this award-winning film right now.  Watch the documentary film “Zero” for $$2 or buy a digital copy of the movie for $5. This film is the 2020 WINNER of the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Arts International.

Film Synopsis:

After two winless seasons, Central High School Basketball Coach Armando Johnson feels “defeated as a human.” For students such as Donte Reese, basketball is life. And he’s not sure what he’ll do if he can’t continue to play. For head coach Johnson, defeat is the driver of a new plan. He’s retiring to do something about the problems he thinks causes failure.

“Zero” explores how students, parents, and coaches handle defeat. The Central High School boys’ basketball team has not won a game in two years. This is a story of defeat and how players and coaches react to it. The documentary’s director Shakha Benbow says,

“This film highlights the personal toll losing has on a group of players, coaches, and parents… The reality of this toll is heightened as we look through the lens of a talented high school senior and a coach in his last season.”

Watch the Film:

Film Awards:


Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Check out our Patreon memberships. At the $5 per month level of support, you get free VIP codes for all Carbon Trace pay-per-view movies, including the right to download a copy to keep! It’s a great way to watch our documentary films while supporting our nonprofit mission of documentary education and humanitarian service.

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