SEPT 11-12, 2015



The Logan Film Festival was founded by a group of individuals who have a passion for film, and a desire to share that passion with others. The festival is only a reality due to the countless acts of generosity from local volunteers, sponsors and donors. There are many different ways to support the Logan Film Festival!


We gratefully recognize the following sponsors for their contributions to the festival. Without their commitment and support, the festival simply could not happen. On behalf of the Logan Film Festival, we offer you our immense gratitude!

Additional Support by:
Cache Valley Center for Arts, El Toro Veijo, Five Guys, SpringHill Suites Marriot, and Dunker Imaging.

How to Sponsor

Thank you for considering sponsoring the Logan Film Festival!


Sponsoring the festival will allow your business to be promoted locally, while also contributing to an important part of the cache valley community.


All participants of the Logan Film Festival work hard to create original and compelling content for the community to enjoy. We need your financial support to continue to display their creative work. We have different sponsorship options for you to consider. Consider what sponsorship level would be the best fit for your business. Also remember that sponsorships to Logan Film Festival, a non-profit organization, are tax-deductible!


For more information and questions regarding sponsorship, please contact us at:

How to Donate

Each donor provides an invaluable lifeline to the festival that enables it to grow and improve. Your grateful support helps to preserve the event, and keeps the spirit of the Logan Film Festival alive for yet another year. Donors can know that their support is fostering the creativity of the community, and encouraging aspiring filmmakers to continue to present new films and creative content.


Donating is secure. It’s as easy as clicking the green Square Cash icon below. All donations are deeply appreciated. Donors will be recognized on the festival website, and 100% of funds donated will go straight to the festival experience. Please use the Optional Note field in Cash to specify your recognition name or leave blank to remain anonymous.


How to Volunteer

About Volunteering
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Logan Film Festival. You can add to the excitement of the festival by joining a talented and committed group of film lovers and community supporters. We have opportunities for those who are experienced volunteers, as well as those who have never volunteered before. We look forward to having you work either Friday, September 11th, or Saturday, September 12th. The hard work and diligence of our volunteers help to make the Festival a success. We could not make this enormous event work without each of you!


Volunteer Responsibilities
Volunteers will be asked to contribute at least four hours time time either Friday or Saturday. Also all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. You are expected to both work hard and have lots of fun. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but there is also time to make new friends and enjoy the festival. As a valued volunteer, you’ll have the chance to help with festival registration, theater, conference, hospitality, etc, all while working with a wonderful staff. Volunteering will also give you a unique perspective to see how the festival works.


More Information about Volunteering
Volunteering at the Logan Film Festival can be a resume-building experience. We are more than willing to provide prospective employers positive with references for jobs well done at the festival. For more information on how you can volunteer, please contact us at

Lyric Theatre

        The Thatcher family built and opened the Lyric Theatre following the Thatcher Opera House fire in 1913. The opera house was located on the second floor of the bank building on the corner of Center Street and Main Street. It burned on the same day as the sinking of the Titanic. Newly restored and expanded in 2001, “The Crown Jewel of Center Street” 364-seat Lyric Theatre celebrates more than 1200 performances since it’s original opening.

28 West Center Street
Logan, UT 84321

Dansante Theatre

        Built in 1900, the Dansante Building has played a central role in the social life of Cache Valley for a century. It has been fully renovated and expanded, including the 124-seat theatre the Logan Film Festival is proud to host films in.

59 South 100 West
Logan, UT 84321

Waffle Iron & The Factory

37 West Center Street
Logan, UT 84321
119 South Main Street
Logan, UT 84321


Chuck Landvatter

Chuck was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After living in Baltimore and later in Dallas, he returned to finish his Bachelor Degree in Communication at the University of Utah and MFA in Drawing and Painting at Utah State University. In the two years since he has taught art at Utah State University and Weber State University, and is currently teaching art and design at Southern Arkansas University. Chuck is married to a hot wife with a three‐year-­old daughter and nine­‐month-­old son.

Levi Sim

Passion drives Levi to make photographs, teach, and help new friends. He tells people he’s a photographer, but he really does more than just make pictures. He excels at photographing people, from two year olds to oil field workers to couples married for 60 years, everyone has a good time making pictures with Levi. Besides people and businesses, Levi enjoys all other aspects of photography, and practices landscapes and still life, as well. He also runs a local photography club, is on the board of the local chamber of commerce, is a Rotarian, actively helps at church, is a husband, and poppa to a peppy four year old girl. Levi writes regularly for and is co-author of books on Adobe Lightroom.

Christopher Campbell

Christopher Campbell has written film reviews for several publications including “The Utah Statesman” and his own blog. He is currently a student at Utah State University studying broadcast journalism and psychology with a minor in Portuguese, and yes, he is single.

Ryan Kent

A world class traveling man.

Colton Iverson

Colton is a recent graduate from Utah State University’s acting program, now residing and working in Los Angeles as an eligible member of SAG-AFTRA. Originally from Logan, Colton is thrilled to be a part of the Logan Film Fest.

Alexandra Nakelski

Professor Nakelski is a film scholar whose research specializes in Science Fiction
cinema, late 20th Century cinema and Apocalyptic cinema. She has earned her M.A.
at Chapman University in Orange County where her thesis focused on Postmodern
Millennial Remakes; she is currently earning her Ph.D. at the University of East
Anglia in Norwich, England researching auspicious Apocalypse in contemporary
film. In addition to having taught film at the University of New Mexico, Peninsula
College and the Northwest Film Forum, she has a vast career in the film industry
that has included short film programming, coordinating, writing, screening and
serving on juries for various festivals in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, and Santa Fe;
editing for Tapestry Films in LA, and as editorial assistant and contributor for the
genre classic magazine Fangoria in New York City.
Her main interest is examining cinema through a historical perspective and how
films resonated with people at a certain point in time due to socio/political factors
and how they still resonate today comparing individual experiences and shared
experiences. And finally, how through these factors, meaning is created.

Brandon Sean Pearson

Brandon Sean Pearson is a working actor in Los Angeles. He is also an award winning writer, producer and director. He earned his BFA from Utah State University in Performance Art and has a love for all things Logan.

Chris Dunker

Chris Dunker has photographed industrial culture for over two decades. Dunker earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Art and Design with a photography concentration and a minor in Philosophy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 1995 he completed a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Utah State University. As an Assistant Professor of Photography at Utah State University, Dunker taught History of Photography and many other classes. Research in this field broadened his awareness of how photographers consider the role of industrial culture in relation to the human condition.

David Smellie

Dave Smellie is a designer and educator. He’s an associate professor of graphic design at Utah State University, a public research institution where, for the past 10 years, he has dedicated himself to providing design instruction and opportunities to a diverse group of future designers. Dave has over 15 years of design experience and has produced creative works for such clients as Oakley, Red Bull, J.Crew, iFrogz, Reminderband, Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, Stonewear, and Lago Snowboards.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson is a Los Angeles based actor/writer who earned her BFA in Performance from USU. Jessica has always had a passion for film and craves being apart of every aspect she can.

Kaden Comadena

Katie Toomey

An indie film editor hailing from Indy, Katie Toomey currently works as a broadcast video editor & freelancer in North Carolina. Her diverse editorial work includes a wide range of projects from brand to promos spots, Karmic Courage’s feature film Ingenue, and Celldweller’s “Unshakeable” animated music video. Warning: Her immense passion for all things film & post-production related is infectious.

Kayli Jackson

Kayli Jackson graduated from the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State with a BFA in acting in 2014 and now happily lives as a struggling artist in Los Angeles

Matt Searle

Matt Searle started working in audio at the age of 17 at a local television station in Idaho Falls Idaho. He attended Full Sail University in Orlando FL where he graduated in 2005. He then moved to Los Angeles California where he worked for Cheap Lullaby Records as Label Coordinator and Studio Manager. Since 2011 he has worked at Brigham Young University Audio were he is an Avid Certified Instructor and handles Broadcast and Post Production Audio for the University.

Ralph Jean-Pierre

Ralph currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where received his MFA for Editing from the AFI Conservatory Program. Ralph has edited numerous feature films, web series, and is currently working as an Assistant Editor for CSI: Cyber on CBS.

Sandrine Cassidy

Sandrine Faucher Cassidy is the School of Cinematic Arts
Sr Director of Festivals and Distribution. As such, she
counsels current students and alumni on how best to
work their shorts and features in the festival circuit and create a strategy that makes sense for each project. She also
helps students to create a distribution plan specially
adapted to their film, and advises them on copyright
and clearance issues.
USC˙s catalogue of over 3000 short films grows in
number every year, and Sandrine works hard to license
both recent and archived films to any media around the world.
With over 25 years of experience in the film industry
and international festivals dating back to her
position at Unifrance Film International, Sandrine is
uniquely specialized in the distribution and
exhibition of short films.

Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson received his MFA in Cinematography from the AFI. He has worked on numerous features, commercials, and music videos. He is currently shooting for Discovery Channel International and National Geographic.

Travis Bourne

Travis D. Bourne is a film student at Utah Valley University. He is an award winning Screenwriter and Director (Indulgence, Strangers at a Table) and has also received accolades for his work in television broadcasting (Spirit of Cheer, Treasures of the Trail, Fiesta Days musical concerts). He has also fulfilled duties in a variety of roles such as Cinematographer, Editor, 1st A.D., Key P.A., Transportation Driver and Grip & Electric. He is a student of the Daniel Methodology of Film Analysis & Story Editing and has worked extensively with the Utah Film Commission. He has recently completed work on a Hallmark television movie and Utah-based feature films.

Tyler Larson

Tyler Larson, a USU graduate working as a freelance cinematographer and VFX artist based out of Seattle, WA.

Whitney Barton

At the age of 14, Whitney Barton was selected to have her first short film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival through the Gen-Y Studio. During that week of premiere’s and panels with renowned filmmakers, Whitney’s passion for film took hold. Whitney took that passion and worked her way from a Production Assistant on multiple movies and television shows, to working as a Producer/Editor/Videographer for three shows on the Outdoor Channel, all of which eventually lead to her current position as a Commercial Video Producer for some of the top brands in fitness. Whitney is currently living in West Haven, Utah and has been married to James Barton for almost 10 years.

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2015-08-28 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2015-07-10 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-10-18 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-25 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-24 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-23 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-22 | 0 Comments

Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014   The annual Logan Film Festival, taking place Sept. 25-27, is a celebration of independent films focusing on artistic expression and alternative views instead of big Hollywood names and budgets.     The selected films were submitted from around the world, and out of the 43 films to be screened, seven […]

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-22 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-14 | 0 Comments

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Posted by loganfilmfestival | 2014-09-13 | 0 Comments

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