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!

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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.

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