Film Synopsis:

Downtown: A New American Dream was the first documentary film from the Carbon Trace Productions Team. The film’s director, Andrew R. Cline Ph.D., describes it as a bit of a nerd flick on the subject of New Urbanism and the re-imagining of urban centers across the US.  Many of the skill Carbon Trace learned on this film became the foundation for our signature style of documentary education that we continue to this day.


Watch the Film:

Downtown: A New American Dream from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.


Film Awards:



Director: Andy Cline, Ph.D.

Writer: Andy Cline, Ph.D.

Executive Producer: Andy Cline, Ph.D.

Producers: Shannon Cay and Chelsea Eichholz

Associate Producers: Erin Rains and Shane Franklin

Director of Photography: Tyler Beck

Editor: Tyler Beck

Motion Graphics: Taye Taye


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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.

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