Tualatin resident Andrew Brown, a native of Clackamas County, runs a small production company that premiered its latest movie Dec. 3.
"Family First" is the latest film from Brown and his production company, Confound Productions, an ode to his 2019 movie, "Confound."
"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."
The plot revolves around a pair of murders and how the lives of three adopted brothers 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 said. "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 Community Church in Molalla provided the venue for a free screening of "Family First" for about 100 people.
"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 (a 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.
"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 movies 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."
Brown's screen premiere Dec. 3 was 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."
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 said. "If you can bring some hope and inspiration to people, that would be quite a feat."
"Family First" has been released on digital platforms, Amazon and Christian Cinema, for rent and to buy.
John Baker contributed to this news report.
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