DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream


About Us

About Carbon Trace Productions

Carbon Trace Productions is a documentary project associated with Dr. Andrew Cline's Carbon Trace weblog -- about the future of urban life -- and the Media, Journalism & Film Department at Missouri State University. The production crew recently finished work on its first, feature-length project -- Downtown -- a documentary film reporting on the emerging trend of Americans choosing to move away from the suburbs in search of a new American Dream in re-developing urban centers. The team produced the documentary short Shared Spaces in 2015 that was an official selection at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival. Pre-production has begun on a second feature-length documentary about the student debt crisis.

Andy Cline: Executive Producer | Chelsea Eichholz: Producer | Shannon Cay Bowers: Associate Producer | Shane Franklin: Associate Producer | Tyler Beck: Associate Producer & Chief Cinematographer | Taye Taye: Art & Graphics Designer

Social Media

Facebook and YouTube

Follow our progress on the Carbon Trace Productions page on Facebook. We'll keep you up to date on the films we produce And we'll let you know how you can help. And check out our YouTube channel.

Twitter and Instagram

Follow @CarbonTraceProd on Twitter. We'll keep you posted about news from the country's most important urbanists. We also post pictures to Instagram .


You can play a big role in our success. In addition to following us on social media, we want to hear from you. We want to know what you know. Also, please visit this page on the Missouri State University Foundation web site to make a tax-deductible donation to our documentary film fund.

Carbon Trace Productions Documentaries


DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream - Official Trailer 2016


Please share your thoughts and suggestions about our project. And share your home movies! We're looking for 8mm home movies from the 50s and 60s depicting life in the suburbs.

Our Mission

Carbon Trace Productions is a multimedia documentary project run by students and faculty at Missouri State University. We are dedicated to telling compelling stories about people living sustainable lives in an emerging era of resource limits. CTP adheres to journalistic standards in research and reporting in its quest to inform its audience about the contextual complexities of the stories it tells, including: cultural explorations, urbanism, and sustainability.

Our Projects
  • Shared Spaces | A documentary short | Screened at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival - October 8 to 10 2015
  • Downtown: A New American Dream | Screened at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival - October 6 to 9 2016
  • Stereotypes on the Trans-Siberian Railroad (working title) | In post-production | Premiere fall 2016
  • Student Debt Crisis (working title) | In production
  • American Drive-in | In pre-production
You can help Missouri State students turn important stories into documentary films by making a tax-deductible donation to the documentary film fund with the Missouri State University Foundation. SPECIAL OFFER: Make a donation of $25 or more before 31 December 2016 and receive a DVD of DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream.

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