Here is a glimpse at those of us that have come together to form The Community Film Project. We are passionate professionals with a common dream – let’s make a movie.
Lucas James McGraw (Director/Producer): Raised in Kaysville, Lucas’ career in film has taken him all over the world. Coming a long way from forcing his friends to act in his short films and making lego animations while being grounded, Lucas has had love for every aspect of film making since the age of 10. He was one of those weird kids who asked santa for a VCR for Christmas, listened to movie soundtracks all of the time, and that would go door-to-door and raise money selling pizzas to buy film equipment. Lucas also chose to spend 150+ hours on a 7th grade orientation video for Kaysville Junior High for his Eagle Project. When he was in high school he ran a film festival with his friend Dan Smith and later produced and edited his first two hour feature film using all local talent, bands and actors in Davis County before he turned 19. In his life he has produced an array of short films, music videos, worked in TV, made films for the military, corporate videos, made humanitarian videos, and various types of youtube videos. Lucas currently works as a Film/Video Producer for the LDS Church and an on the side free-lancer and resides in Layton with his wife and three kids.
Justin Lether (Producer): It was during Jr. High that Justin first started producing fun videos for family and friends. During High School he started producing media for school announcements and assemblies. He attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on a leadership scholarship and was very active in student government. While at Weber State, Justin worked for the Communications Arts and Technologies Department producing entertainment, sports, and educational media. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communication/Electronic Media. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction where he developed a model for organizations to evaluate whether the media they create meets the desired outcomes of the organization.
Professionally, Justin has owned his own property management company for 15 years. He taught LDS seminary for 10 years in Davis County and in 2010 was asked help produce media to support high school Seminary and college Institute courses.
Justin and his wife Barbara have three sons and three daughters. They currently reside in Kaysville, Utah.
Rachel Child (Business Manager/Producer): Rachel is a Seasoned Community Theater Performer and delights volunteering her time and talents when her schedule allows. She has participated in arts councils in both Syracuse and Kaysville Cities, in Davis County. With a most recent role as Miss Hannigan in Annie for Syracuse City in 2013.
Rachel is an HR Manager who is in the process of completing her Masters of Business Administration at Weber State University and is excited to put those skills to the test with the Community Film Project.
With her Business background and community theater experience, Rachel brings a unique set of skills and perspective to the Community Film Project.
Chad Hutchings (Producer/Graphic Design): Chad began his moviemaking career at a young age using a VHS camera he stole from his parents to create homemade movies. He attended Pratt Institute of Art where he pursued an animation degree before transferring to the University of Colorado, Where he earned three degrees in Film Production, Film Theory and Graphic Arts.
Chad then moved his family to California where he worked for Warner Bros. Studios International Marketing as a graphics supervisor on films like Harry Potter, Batman Begins, I Am Legend and Where the Wild Things Are before moving to Television and theatrical property distribution handling social media campaigns and VOD for shows like One Tree Hill, America’s Next Top Model and web properties for WB Kids, Looney Tunes and Warner Film Libraries.
In 2008 moved to Utah to pursue a job and has since moved back into social media design and interactive design as a UX lead and is excited for the opportunity to get back into the film side of things.
Justin Cook (Producer): Born and raised in Los Lunas, NM, but with roots now planted in Kaysville, Justin L. Cook holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York. He has worked in independent film and documentary as a writer, director, producer, editor, and production manager. His work has been featured at Wondercon in San Francisco, film festivals in LA, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, on BYU Television, and the Lifetime Movie Network. Justin’s work in creative advertising has included such clients as Gatorade, Allure, and the Hearst Corporation. Justin is currently a producer in the Film and Video Division for the LDS Publishing Services Department.
Matthew Havertz (Producer): Matthew Havertz has worked as an intern on several professional movie sets including T.C. Christensen’s Treasure In Heaven: The John Tanner Story, and Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men. Matthew has worked for more than two years as a Producer’s Assistant for the LDS Church’s publishing services department with both Mormon.org and Mormon Messages. His work has included production coordination, intellectual properties assistance, editing, and onset assistance. He also works at Weber State’s Career Service’s Center and produces and directs video commercials for them. In high school stared a club that made short films; with those videos he ended up winning many contests including Best In Show at the Utah Multimedia Arts Festival twice in a row.
Brian Seegmiller (Comic Relief): Brian has been interested in video production since he was a young adult. He bought his first camera so he could video his young adult church group and then make a music video for them to show at the end of the year. You gotta love those heart wipes. Brian has an associates degree from Utah Career College in Multimedia and Graphic Design and a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from University of Pheonix. Brian is pretty much self taught and he can always be found researching the latest tutorials. He has worked for Solar Monkey Media editing hunting videos for Christiansen Outdoors TV show, Utah Transit Authority, Story Rock, and wedding videos for his own business SiggyVision Productions. Currently he works for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Publishing Services Department as a video editor. Brian has taught Lucas McGraw everything he knows.