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Andrew Brown's new film, shot almost entirely around Molalla, will debut on Dec. 3.

There's a vision for filmmaking that Molalla native Andrew Brown hopes to fulfill. It's a vision he and a small group of friends and family continue working toward in a unique and meaningful way.

The latest manifestation of that vision will hit the screen at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Foothills Community Church in Molalla.

"Family First" is the latest film from Brown and his production company, Confound Productions, an ode to his 2019 movie, "Confound." The premiere is free and open to the public.

"It's a family action movie," Brown said. "That's kind of what we like to do. We are trying to niche ourselves in the faith-based action movie market. We wrote this one about family."

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW BROWN - Molalla native Andrew Brown sets up a shot for his new film 'Family First' on location in Molalla.

The plot revolves around a pair of murders and how the lives of three adopted brothers kind of fall apart in the aftermath. This movie, like "Confound," was filmed in and around the Molalla area.

"I filmed the first one a bit in Molalla, but this one was nearly all filmed in Molalla," Brown explained. "A couple scenes were filmed at a house in Amity, but the majority of it was here."

Brown said most of the work put into "Family First" is on a volunteer basis. Brown and some actor friends of his, as well as some backing from Foothills, provide the foundation that allows for this type of filmmaking.

"Foothills has been a big help to us," Brown said. "We have used their building a few times. The whole process has been going on for about a year and we are finishing it up right now. We went through quite (few) challenges with COVID-19 hitting. We lost some locations and kind of had to go back and rewrite the script. That made it one of the toughest 'miracle' projects we've done."

Using places in and around Molalla helped with fleshing out the scripts, as Brown said he needs to write about the locations, buildings and other items available to him.

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW BROWN - Getting things ready for an outside shot during the filming of 'Family First,' a project by Molalla native Andrew Brown.

"I try to write around locations that I have access to," he said. "I know people with a shop, or Foothills has a building I can use, or people with a house or some property that would work, so I can film there. I try to incorporate wherever I have access."

Brown said he finances his own filmmaking efforts and that most of his films are around the $10,000 range. The effort appears to be paying dividends, as his production company is experiencing growth.

"We are growing," he said. "We made a movie called 'COVID-19 Response' and were able to get that on Christian Cinema, Tubi and some other places. This one (Family First) is probably going to be shopped around pretty good. We are talking with PureFlix and hoping to get a theater where we can launch it."

But for now, the process involves finishing up small touches and then premiering it on a screen Dec. 3 in Molalla. That will be the culmination of a lot of hard work by a very few people. Brown said he runs a tight crew with his wife, daughter and his best friend and his wife all taking on plenty of duties.

"You know, we've just been growing and learning this last decade," Brown said. "Our goal is to make family-friendly action movies. What that means is no profanity, no sexual content, no gore. That's kind of our niche. It is becoming a lost art these days, so that's our goal."

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW BROWN - A look at how this show will look once shot. The premiere of 'Family First' will be Dec. 3 at Foothills Community Church.

The inspiration for the new film had its genesis in 2019 when Brown was going through some hard times, he said. His mom was battling cancer and he lost a few friends over myriad issues.

"COVID hit and everything politically was going on, families were divided and falling apart. I decided to focus on a family and how quickly a family can fall apart," Brown explained. "If you can bring some hope and inspiration to people, that would be quite a feat.

"This is kind of my gift to Molalla," he added of the movie premiere. "I don't live there now, but I'm pretty much a Molalla guy."


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