May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Salutations,

The spring semester has come to a close, and we couldn’t be more impressed with our three talented interns. The CTP team thanks them for their hard work. We will be showcasing their mini-docs on Springfield nonprofits on our YouTube page over the summer. 

As the only nonprofit documentary film company in the tri-state area, we take pride in the educational pillar of our mission at Carbon Trace Productions. The only way we can continue the fantastic work we have been able to do so far is because people like you support us. 

Shannon Cay

Executive Director 

We released last year’s feature film, “Witness at Tornillo,” for free viewing this month.

One man from Brooklyn sits alone in the West Texas desert, feeling morally compelled to witness the horrors of family separation and child detention on the southern border. Witness at Tornillo” follows 66-year-old Josh Rubin, an activist who has become a fixture of the #FamiliesBelongTogether protests. He helped draw national attention to the Tornillo internment camp for children, moving on from thereafter it closed to a similar detention facility in Homestead, Florida. Rubin says witnessing – the “subversive act of seeing” – is a key form of protest. “Witness at Tornillo” is the story of individual action against injustice by encouraging those involved in running the detention facilities to examine their own actions and ethics.

We made it to our first 200 followers!

To celebrate, we released our award-winning film “Witness at Tornillo,” free for all to view and share. We appreciate the support we have always had from the “Witness” community and want to give a special thank you to @Cat Yuracka for her excitement about our youtube page. We will have plenty of programming over the summer, so if you have not subscribed, be sure to do it today.


With three more interns geared to start their filmmaking careers with the Carbon Trace team over the summer, we are excited to announce an upcoming web series. The Professional Staff at CTP, the new student filmmakers, and a fantastic volunteer team will ingrain themselves into the Eden Village communities. Eden Village is a permanent supportive housing community for the chronically homeless. The team hopes to catch the more intimate moments, showing our viewers the victories and struggles of this unique group.


Editors for this Vlog-style feature film are working away to get this project polished up over the summer for a release date of fall 2021. Thanks to friends, family, and followers of the “16 Weeks” crew, they were able to raise $2,640 between the Carbon Trace Website and their Indigogo campaign. This money ensures that the student team can enter many film festivals and have a travel budget to attend at least one out-of-town event. It also will help with any promotional material the team may want to distribute the film down the road.

CTP April Newsletter

CTP April Newsletter

Salutations,
April has flown by for all of us here at Carbon Trace Productions. The talented Carbon Trace interns are finishing their semester-long projects, which will premiere on our YouTube page throughout May.

We are also completing applications for several substantial grants. Additionally, the team is gearing up for a fantastic summer filled with outdoor fundraising events, new video content, and a return to “normal” living.

I am excited that the world is opening back up. We hope to see you out there.

Cheers, Shannon Cay

                                                                                                                               

We released last year’s student film, “Zero,” for free viewing this month.
“Zero” is the story of defeat and how we react to it. The film follows Armando Johnson, boys’ basketball coach of Central High School in Springfield, Missouri, as he navigates his team through a winless season. “Zero” was the winner of the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Arts International in 2020. We hope you take a look, give us a like, and please subscribe to our page for more content like this.

“16 Weeks” is our student project for the semester.
It is a social media-based documentary film guiding its audience through a semester at Missouri State University during the coronavirus pandemic. While the crew has been working on post-production for this project since January, they recently added two editors to the team. The student leads Greta Cross and Diana Dudenhoeffer hope to have this film ready for a fall premiere. We are proud of this student team’s work and expect to have a teaser video for you in the coming month.

With a renewed sense of purpose, the Carbon Trace professional team will be focusing on our documentary film “All of a Sudden.”
This story focuses on the people of Eden Village, a tiny home community for the formerly homeless in Springfield. The staff there uses housing first principles to get the chronically homeless off the street. We have a new group of summer interns with a lot of energy. The Carbon Trace team plans to have this film finished in early 2022.

Intern Spotlight: Katie Saltkill

Katie is currently a senior at Missouri State University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the electronic arts program for audio engineering. She says she is excited about working with Carbon Trace Productions because the work lets her grow as a person while developing necessary communication and hands-on skills for audio engineering and media production in general. She would like to record audio for musicians one day. You may already know Katie, as she is the host of the “Carbon Trace Podcast.”

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Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

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

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Hello supporters!

Over here at Carbon Trace, we are celebrating whatever victories pass our way – and we have some big ones. We are continuing to teach 3 awesome interns the documentary craft, we launched our Youtube page, and we have a US Senator talking about “A Portrait of the Ozarks.

The making of this video got me thinking that defining the trait of progress in the 21st century appears to be a person’s driving curiosity. If you are not looking for answers, it seems as though you may get left behind. Sitting down to watch a documentary always puts me in that sweet spot of feeling informed without feeling overwhelmed. I am hoping that same feeling for you.

Respectfully, Shannon Cay

You may know we are hard at work on a significant project, “A Portrait of the Ozarks.”
Our film is a follow-up to the famous and now viral 1981 documentary of the same name. We just finished our concept video – a first look into the documentary film. We are very excited about it and wanted to be sure and show all of our loyal subscribers.

Click HERE for more information.

 

16 Weeks is our student project for the semester. It is a social media-based documentary film guiding its audience through a semester at Missouri State University during the coronavirus pandemic. They are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign. Student films like “16 Weeks” rely on a large number of small donations to reach our goals. The production team is humbled and grateful for donations of any size.

Click Here for more information on that.

 

 

Carbon Trace Productions is now on YouTube!

To make all of our free content more accessible to our viewers, we have now published all of our works on this new page. There you will also find our humanitarian service projects and our educational videos. We hope that you take a look, give us a like, and please subscribe.

Welcome, Cameron Durington, this semester’s production intern!
Cameron Durington says,

“I particularly enjoy the art of documentary filmmaking because of the light it brings to the issues of our community. This company doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and I’m proud to be a part of the team!”

This is his second semester as an intern, and we hope he returns for as many semesters as possible. We appreciate the continued efforts on his part. He has worked with the crews on “All of a Sudden” and the upcoming student film “16 Weeks.”

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

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