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 is currently working on its first 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 downtowns. While the reporting will be national in scope, Springfield, Missouri will be the setting of the stories we tell about urban living and its challenges in a city working to build its place in the 21st century.

Andy Cline: Producer, Writer, Director | Erin Rains: Producer | Chelsea Eichholz: Producer | Tyler Beck: Editor, Cinematographer | Raymond DiFonzo, Cinematographer | Shane Franklin: Research, Talent | Shannon Bowers: Research, Talent | Phoenix Jiang: Research | Isaac Wetzel: Audio | Clint Lowrance: Cinematographer

Social Media

Facebook and YouTube

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

Twitter and Instagram

Follow @Downtown_Doc 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.



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 organization 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: climate change, energy use, urbanism, environmentalism, and sustainability.

Our Projects

Downtown | Currently reporting and filming | Post-production begins 1 September 2015 | Project completion by January 2016

Working title: American Drive-in | In pre-production | Production begins June 2015

Trans-Siberian Railroad | Proposed | Pre-production begins January 2016 | Project depends upon approval of MSU Study-Away Program


You may make a tax-deductible donation to our projects through the Missouri State University Foundation. Thank you for your support!