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'Before it Happens' is a faith-based film that will have its premiere at Foothills church in November

With another feature film coming from Andrew Jacob Brown and his Confound Productions company, the city of Molalla will once again be center stage — and so will an interesting story.

Brown's fourth feature film, "Before it Happens," was shot almost entirely in and around Molalla over its three week shooting schedule. Folks can see the end product during a free premiere event at Foothills Community Church on Nov. 4, beginning at 7 p.m.

Once again, creating something family friendly with no sex or profanity has been a labor of love for Brown and his largely volunteer crew and cast. But unlike his previous efforts, this one is a targeted faith-based movie. COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW JACOB BROWN - Crew and cast set up for a shot during filming of 'Before it Happens,' another feature film shot primarily in Molalla.

"This one is specifically faith-based, there is a message there," Brown said about his newest work. "It's kind of an adventure story."

Brown described the story as "Det. Eli Jenkins has to find his troubled ex-partner and bring him home to his dying brother. Eli must overcome the demons of his past before the most cataclysmic event in history."

"His ex-partner is living off the grid, he's in trouble and there is someone after him," Brown continued. "Nobody knows what the 'it' is. It's got an end times backdrop to it — last days kind of deal. The story is about him trying to get this promotion and bring his partner back home. He's doing it for selfish reasons, but the character is doing it all for nothing as this event happens." COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW JACOB BROWN - Andrew Jacob Brown and his production company, Confound Productions, will have a free premiere of his latest film in Molalla in November.

Brown said the impetus for this new film comes from the times we are living in now. People are dealing with stresses related to money, health, the pandemic and a host of other issues, both here and around the globe.

"Seems like a lot of people I've talked to are stressed out, just trying to stay afloat," Brown said. "I am trying to show people that the world can distract you from where you need to keep your focus. I wanted to make a movie about this character who is goal driven regarding his job, and in the end you find out that what you are striving for doesn't matter."

Brown said that other than a scene filmed in Salem and another in Hubbard, the production was virtually all Molalla. People donated locations and volunteers helped with various elements to help make the film come together.

The filmmaking process for Brown and his company is improving each time out, he said. COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW JACOB BROWN - Work on 'Before it Happens' used mostly Molalla locations for filming.

"I think we are getting better," he noted. "We are trying to get better with every film and it's showing in our equipment and acting. And right now, we are preparing for our next film. We are growing pretty well through social media and other ways."

The quality of the filmmaking is making an impression on the film festival circuit as well. "Before it Happened" has already garnered multiple awards. There has been a best film award, as well as nods for best actor for Brown and praise for best action film. Brown said they just put the film out on the circuit, so the early honors would seem to portend a film worth seeing.

The future, he said, is more of the same. Confound Productions will continue to make films each year and Brown is also pursuing his own acting ambitions, with some projects on the horizon. But the "eye on the prize" for he and his crew is to create positive films.

"We are just trying to bring good films to Oregon," Brown reiterated. "We really want to bring family action films that stay away from sexual content and profanity to people."


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