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 (COO/Producer/Director): 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 (CEO/Producer): During High School he started producing media for school announcements and assemblies. He attended college on a leadership scholarship, while there he produced entertainment, sports, and educational media. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communication/Electronic Media and 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 a number of management companies. He taught LDS seminary for ten years, in 2010 was asked help produce media to support high school seminary and college institute courses.
Rachel Child (Business Manager/Producer): With her Masters Degree in Business, Rachel loves learning about entrepreneurs, their business, and networking with them for success. She was delighted to help the film project set up the business structure of the Community Film Project, so much so that she stayed on and became a producer for the first film “Before Your Time.” After a brief hiatus from the board (due to the birth of her first child), Rachel has joined the team again to facilitate the premiere of “Before your Time.”
Rachel is the Class of 2018 Chair Person for Leadership Northern Utah through the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Chamber Executive Board, and is a Human Resources Consultant with Miller Consulting- an Employment Matchmaking firm.
Rachel is a Seasoned Community Theater Performer and delights volunteering her time and talents when her schedule allows. She has participated with arts councils in both Syracuse and Kaysville Cities. With a most recent role as Miss Hannigan in Annie for Syracuse City.
Karlie Matthews (Marketing Director/Singer/Songwriter/Actress): Karlie is a Kaysville born singer-songwriter who has recently left the mic behind to start a career in marketing. She is passionate about music and film and is excited to use her talents and abilities for the Community Film Project.
When Karlie isn’t at her work desk you’ll usually find her with her husband and dog on a hike or in the kitchen trying out new recipes.
Phil Stokes (Composer): Phil is an award-winning composer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer, who’s styles range from semi-classical motifs to contemporary alternative, to electronica—and most things in between. He started composing music on the piano when he was 8 years old. At 12, he started arranging and recording on his dad’s Ensoniq SD-1 sequencer. Over the years, technology and his own composition and arranging skills have been refined.
Phil graduated from the nursing program at Weber State University and worked at a group home for special needs adults. He ended up laid off and unemployed for a few months. During that time, he started submitting music online while he searched for new nursing jobs. However, he quickly discovered how possible it was to earn money writing music for today’s digital media industry. Phil now makes his living composing and licensing music for media.
Justin Cook: 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.
Brian Seegmiller (Editor): 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.