With heavy hearts, Logan Film Festival hoping for bigger and better 2013

The second annual Logan Film Festival opens Thursday, March 21 and continues through March 23. It is hosted by the Logan Downtown Alliance and Logan City with support from the Utah Film Commission, Northern Utah Film Commission, Utah Governors Office of Economic Development, and the Motion Picture Association of Utah.

Last year almost 1,000 people participated and Logan Downtown Alliance Manager Gary Saxton hopes to have double that number come out this year. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Saxton said venues include the Dansante and the Caine Lyric Theatre. Saxton said film line-up and ticketing will be available online starting Friday, February 15.

“The films have been selected from six countries. There will be 47 films and the genres of the films range from documentaries about the earth to dramatic thriller, feature presentations. There’s a whole range,” Saxton said. “You’ll be able to see those different films, read their synopses and decide what films you would like to see in the three day period that you have to work with.”

Saxton said the Logan Film Festival seeks to inspire young filmmakers and emerging filmmakers to help them succeed in the film industry.

The festival will continue as scheduled without the involvement of Alan Hashimoto, however. Hashimoto was a key member of the festival committee and passed away Monday in his office at Utah State University.

“He was an instructor for the graphic design students. We’re sorting through that at the moment,” Saxton said. “He was really instrumental of the Logan Film Festival, engaging the students and involving them with the graphic design and creative direction of the festival.

“There are some sad hearts this week.”

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