Songs From the Street: Update from JR

Here is a life update with JR from the Carbon Trace Productions documentary film Songs From the Street.

Songs From the Street

“Songs From the Street” is the Spring 2020 student film by Carbon Trace Productions.

The homeless community is normally hidden away in the cracks of Springfield, Missouri, concealed from the public eye. But the Springfield Street Choir, a choir composed entirely of the unhoused, forms a sense of community and family within the homeless population. The Choir gives them a chance not only to have their voices heard—but forces the public to acknowledge the humanity of these people they typically ignore and sometimes fear.

Songs From the Street premiered August 27th, 2020, at the Moxie Cinema in downtown Springfield, Mo. The VIP red carpet screening for the Springfield Street Choir was hosted by Carbon Trace Productions, The Connecting Grounds, and The Moxie Cinema on Tuesday, September 1st.

There were numerous local screenings for the film from September through November, held in partnership with The Connecting Grounds (TCG). These events were outdoors, socially distanced, and masked.

Following the shows, there was time for questions and answers with the Carbon Trace crew members, Street Choir leaders and members, and the TCG team. TCG Pastor Christie Love led a dialogue about ensuring our unhoused neighbors’ warmth and safety throughout the cold-weather season.

Next Stages for the Film:

“Songs From the Street” has been entered into over twenty film festivals across the country. The team is now waiting to hear back about official selections. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on local screenings in the Ozarks and updates from the festival circuit.

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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.

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