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‘Witness at Tornillo’ Deemed Best Documentary At KC Film Festival

Carbon Trace Productions


The Springfield-based nonprofit production company, Carbon Trace Productions, has won best documentary feature film at the Kansas City FilmFest International 2020. The documentary "Witness at Tornillo" is about one man's campaign against the United States' immigration policy along the US-Mexico border.

 66-year-old Josh Rubin, the subject of the film, sat alone in the Texas desert, feeling morally compelled to witness the family separation and child detention policies in the US immigration system. The US government eventually shut down the child detention facility at Tornillo. 

The film's director, Shane Franklin, said in a news release he hopes the documentary shows that individuals can make a difference.

The Kansas City FilmFest International receives entries from around the world, according to its website.


Carbon Trace has two official missions: one is to teach people how to make documentaries and the other is humanitarian service. The company started on the campus of MSU and students make up a large part of the crew on its projects. 


Andy Cline, the founder of Carbon Trace Productions, sat down with KSMU's Jennifer Moore in October 2019 to talk about Witness at Tornillo. Listen to that interview here.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.