Community Film Project

The art of neighborhood filmmaking…


Thank you Centerville Megaplex for a great run of Before Your Time! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in 2018.

The mission of The Community Film Project is to help develop the creative potential of members in our communities and a greater sense of belonging, connection, and well-being through the production and presentation of inspiring community films.

Current project: Before Your Time

Began: March 2015

Status: Playing at Centerville Megaplex starting December 8, 2017

Synopsis: After the loss of their mother, 17-year-old Dylan, his two sisters, and father are forced to move back to the small town where their parents met and grew up. While getting back on their feet, the family stays with their eccentric Aunt Norah and try to adjust to a new life. They meet a quirky neighborhood kid, Pete, who convinces them to embark on a “bucket-list” type adventure based on a list found in their Dad’s high school storage boxes. The task is not as easy as it seems and ultimately teaches everyone about managing grief, moving forward, and the importance of family.

The mission of The Community Film Project is to help develop the creative potential of members in our communities and a greater sense of belonging, connection, and well-being through the production and presentation of inspiring community films.

Anyone that has ever been involved with any type of community production can attest to the fact that there is something very inspiring that happens when a group of talented individuals come together in a common cause. Motivated not by a cash reward, but truly invested in the art of it. This is what The Community Film Project is trying to accomplish.  If interested, fill out this quick application by clicking here.

IN A NUTSHELL: “The 10 things WE ARE”

1. WE ARE seeking to create a template for communities like ours to create their own community films.   To our knowledge we haven’t seen this done before and are looking to construct the simplest way to accomplish it.  A film can be as complicated or simple as you make it and we are trying to find the right shoe to fit around what a community can produce without sacrificing quality.

2. WE ARE creating a production schedule that will allow people to participate in their free time.  Drawing inspiration from community theatre, we plan to come together for production activities once or twice a week. Script permitting, we may need one or two weeks of heavy production (“hell week”) to complete principal photography.  Post-production will be happening simultaneous to production in order to complete the project in a timely manner.

3. WE ARE all volunteers.  All money raised is for the film project alone and for future projects.   We are working professionals who have full-time jobs, but we do this because we are passionate for the art of filmmaking.  Anyone who volunteers as cast or crew will be motivated by that same reason.  Money is being raised for production needs and operating costs such as:  venues, locations,  costumes, make-up, materials, media management, security, rentals, publicity, and craft services.

4. WE ARE auditioning Davis County talent in both Cast and Crew positions starting with Writers. There are talented people all around us. There are many people who work professionally with video, film, photography, music, art, sound, acting, etc. right in our own backyard.  We are going to be auditioning every filmmaking position and will have understudies for crew based on our production schedule.  The cast will be required to be available as much as the schedule and script demands.  We need to build  a huge database of talent so when the audition times come we can reach out to you and invite you to participate.  If interested, fill out this quick application by clicking here.

5. WE ARE holding community workshops beginning in June to educate those who’d like to learn more, sharpen their skills, or just talk film.  Not unlike the community classes where you’d go to learn about photography or how to cook, we are offering workshops that not only teach about filmmaking, but are also rooted in the development and completion of the actual film project.  There will be a small charge (TBD) for the eight week workshop, but again all monies received will go to the final film project.

6. WE ARE asking for any support or connections anyone has to venues, locations, government officials, etc.  Since this process hasn’t been officially tested in our community we have had little interest from any government officials in this area.  The higher the demand, the more we can demonstrate to officials and arts councils the importance of this project in our community.  Also, we need to get connected to those who run venues, and possible filming locations.  Please reach out to us if you have any connections to anyone who could help out in these areas.

7. WE ARE creating a YouTube Channel and a Blog showcasing our behind the scenes progress along the way.  We hope that our community film project will become a template for other communities. As such, we are documenting the process and the steps we are taking in order to get feedback and help others learn from our mistakes. You can subscribe and follow us here.

8. WE ARE going to shoot the film exclusively in Davis County.  There is beauty here in our own backyard and we want to showcase it. This adds to the community film aspect of the project. If you live in a cool area or know of some great cinematic places in our county, email us and send us pictures and any info you may have including who owns the property

9. WE ARE producing a community friendly film.  Think live action, low-budget Pixar movie.

10. We are accepting reward based donations, pre-selling tickets to the premiere, and offering sponsorship opportunities.  Get cool stuff for donating to The Community Film Project. Click here to get a list of the rewards.

At its most basic level this project is designed to promote community pride and unity while giving filmmakers a chance to learn and grow as artists.  If interested fill out this quick application by clicking here.


  1. Jordan March 1, 2015 - 12:17 am Reply

    Sure why not.

  2. Ethan Boor April 15, 2016 - 1:46 am Reply

    My Name is Ethan Boor, I’ve been filming all my life, I make comic cons marketing videos every year with my videography, editing skills. I also am currently a Exectuive producer in some upcoming Hollywood multi million dollar budget films. I grew up in Davis county all my life so I think it would be fun to get involved.

  3. Annabelle Holley September 15, 2017 - 1:51 am Reply

    Hi!! I am Annabelle Holley and I’m 14 years old. I just watched the trailer, and I just wanted say, IT LOOKS AWESOME!! I am a huge movie critic, and I can hardly tell this is your first film!!! Anyways, I was wondering, will you be doing anymore community film projects? I love singing/acting and I would love to be a part of something like this sometime.

    • Justin Lether December 15, 2017 - 8:12 pm Reply

      Annabelle, thanks for your support. We will have more opportunities to get involved next year, so stay tuned!

  4. Myrna Boam October 27, 2017 - 6:25 pm Reply

    I hope other theaters will give you a chance to reach a wider audience. This film SHOULD BE SEEN by more people! Thank you for doing this. It’s wonderful!

    • Justin Lether November 8, 2017 - 5:53 pm Reply

      Thank you, Myrna. Thankfully Megaplex in Centerville has agreed to show our film starting December 8th!

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