Giving Tuesday is Almost Here!

Giving Tuesday is Almost Here!

Salutations! 

Buy a gift for yourself on Cyber Monday, but don’t forget to share the love with others tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday!

Carbon Trace Productions is reaching our community’s needs by telling compelling stories of social importance without regard to the commercial potential. We do this thanks to the support of student volunteers and the generosity of our donors. 

Tomorrow, as people worldwide support important causes, I am hoping you will donate to Carbon Trace Productions. Spread the word to friends and family who also want to make an impact. With each film, people are able to gain insight that may otherwise be lost to the world. 

We’ll be in touch again soon to ring in Giving Tuesday. Saddle up. It’s going to be one rowdy day of giving!

Or give now HERE. 

Shannon County, MO — 2020 — Julie Clemons and children, including son Peyton Newton,14, prepare for the first day of deer hunting. For Carbon Trace Productions documentary film. “A Portrait of the Ozarks.”© 2020 Jym Wilson/Carbon Trace Productions

We were able to take our first official trip to Shannon County earlier this month, where we filmed oral histories of more than seven public figures and others we found along the way. This is a photo of one of the families we spoke with about the beginning of deer season and what that means for their family. Everyone we spoke to told us not only about themselves but their legacies with the land they love. Please help us complete our goal for this “Giving Tuesday.” We have $4,000 still left to raise to reach our pre-production budget for this preservation project. You can donate HERE.

“16 Weeks” is a student-led documentary in collaboration with The Standard, Missouri State University’s official student-run newspaper, and us here at Carbon Trace Productions. This film catalogs the lives of MSU students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through vlog-style videos, students have the chance to showcase their new reality during this period of history. Be sure to check out these pandemic stories via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

A Vietnam Peace Story is set to be finished by the end of the year! While the work wouldn’t be possible without our ground team from that trip, Jeff Freling has scored the film and really brought it to a new level. We hope this is a film festival favorite and want to make sure as many Vietnam War Veterans as possible see this film.

 

 

Thanks to our two interns Brett and Cameron, we have visited with the folks at Eden Village weekly for All of a Sudden. Eden Village is a micro-neighborhood of tiny homes specifically for people who would otherwise be homeless. While their first neighborhood is full, Eden Village is opening a second location. They already have about 120 applications of people who have been homeless for at least a year in Springfield and have a physical or mental disability. We are following this story closely as Eden Village 2 gets off the ground.

 

 

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 take part 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

Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 10

Carbon Trace Productions Newsletter Vol. 10

Happy Holloween, my friends! 

To battle against election season fatigue, I got to thinking about how similar we all are as a whole. While headlines for the next month (at least) will lead you to think otherwise, Americans are on the same page in many significant ways.

Did you know that three-quarters of us believe the government should expand its coverage of health care? 76% support investing more in education, and a staggering 96% support infrastructure improvements.

Finding common ground through emotional connections is something the whole team at Carbon Trace takes great pride in conveying through film. We are trying to bridge the gap between perception and reality. Come and see it for yourself at our final public screening for this year of “Songs From the Street,” as seen above.

 

 

We are gearing up for a trip to Shannon County for deer season. I would describe the team as giddy to get out to the woods and start this long term project. We had a day-long retreat where we heard from several Ozark experts. You can read more about that HERE. We are still trying to raise more funds to complete our pre-production. Please, share this campaign with everyone you know to ensure we can complete this critical heritage project.

 

 

We are very proud of our student team after they landed an interview with Missouri State University President Cliff Smart. 16 Weeks is a social media documentary meant to guide the viewer through a semester at Missouri State University during the coronavirus pandemic. The student team working on this film asked the university president questions about how the school handles the Coronavirus and what motivated the university to stay open with cases at an all-time high.

 

 

We have entered picture lock, meaning that the heavy lifting of editing is complete. (Go Andy Go) We are now sending what we have off to one of our volunteers, who has graciously agreed to score this film with original music. Our friend and one of the main characters of A Vietnam Peace Story, Gary Harlan, wrote a book about his experience going back to the county where he experienced war. You can purchase a copy of it HERE.

 

 

The team learned so much while working alongside Sooner Than Later Studios for its upcoming indie film “The Land of Milk and Honey.” We are creating some top-secret videos for release in 2021. It is no surprise that our Board Member Jym Wilson started capturing some fantastic photography on set. Here is a little preview of this highly anticipated work from this talented local group of movie-makers.

 

 

Meet the newest Carbon Trace Productions Intern: Brett Schutt:
Brett Schutt is currently a Senior at Missouri State University and is majoring in TV and Film Production. He has a blog and website called Toybox’d Productions, where he and a few other contributors do weekly podcasts and write blog posts about whatever is relevant and interests them in pop culture. Brett wants to be a storyteller and create weird and ambitious films that ultimately have timeliness and meaning in the social fabric.

 

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

CTP Newsletter Vol. 9

CTP Newsletter Vol. 9

Welcome to another Carbon Trace Newsletter,

After watching the debates last night, I encourage you to remind yourself of all the humanity we have in this world. The crew here at Carbon Trace is constantly seeking to see the good alongside whatever else people have to offer. We cover those stories that would otherwise go untold.

Sometimes it is not the film itself but rather the emotion it provokes that is the most important piece of the puzzle. Here are a few items that deserve your attention in that regard: SOURIYATJOONYPERSHARED SPACES.  

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There are so many showtimes (Listed HERE) for you to see our latest film. We are most excited about the showing at our third home- Mother’s Backyard, on October 9th at 7 p.m.  Cold weather season is coming soon, so at the event, we will be collecting donations of HotHands, coats, and blankets for our friends on the streets. 

We are proud that this project is gaining its legs with this fundraiser we launched this week!  The team is planning a trip for mid-November to catch the beginning of deer season. Check out this new video for all the details

There was another community workday at Eden Village where community members planted bushes, laid out mulch, and generally helped make the outdoor areas as nice as possible. Currently, we are gearing up to film at Eden Village Two, being built now. Also, Linda Brown, the founder of Eden Village, is running for the National Good Neighbor Award! Be sure to vote for her here

We are well into production and excited to show you all the perspective of college students during this pandemic. The student-lead team includes Producer Greta Cross, Director Diana Dudenhoeffer, and we have Grant Schwarz back this semester as Lead Editor. They are starting to form their stories now, and we look forward to keeping you updated.  

You can Watch these right now! 

  1. Witness at Tornillo: Follow one man from Brooklyn as he camps alone in a West Texas desert, compelled to witness the horrors of family separation and child detention on the U.S. southern border. His goal is to shut down this concentration camp and #FreeThemAll!
  2. Zero: This story 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.
  3. Souriyat: Our team encountered a unique charity Souriyat Across Borders, while interviewing Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Created by five women, “Souriyat Across Borders” provides rehabilitation for Syrian war wounded, along with deeply necessary education programs for vulnerable refugees seeking asylum in Jordan. The Carbon Trace team, led by director Taye Abithi Taye, returned twice to Jordan in 2017 filming with The Syrian-American Medical Society as they conducted medical missions in the region – from Amman to Mafraq, within eyesight of the Syrian border.

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