The Block: film, art, music, learn, and USU

Producers of The Block Film & Art Festival — incorporating the Logan Film Festival in its 5th year — have announced the program lineups for the Oct. 7-8 festival, as well as the availability of festival passes and 90 percent off student passes available at local business, including Morty’s Cafe near the Utah State University campus.

One of the most exciting and unique details of The Block is the sheer amount of local artists who are having their art featured, and that it is artists who are on the ground running the festivities, organizers said.

For starters, the organizers of The Block Festival include a slew of USU Alumni: Weston Woodbury, Mason Johnson, Tyler Searle, Andy Lorimer, Madison Pope, Benton Wood, Trent Hunsaker, Marissa Olson, Preston Parker (a professor at Utah State) and Jeremy Jensen. Their expertise covers film theory, art programming, music programming, filmmaking, and theater design and direction.

In addition, the USU Independent Music Club, the Caine College of the Arts, as well as dozens of student volunteers have thrown in their time and expertise to bring this festival to life. And, the organizers note, none would have been possible without the legacy of Utah State’s Alan Hashimoto, an inspiration to all.

This year, Even Stevens will host an Art Gallery that features original pieces from the USU graphic design students. The NEHMA Art Truck will be featured on The Block among other outdoor installations.

The Educational portion on the Festival will feature lectures including Nancy Huntly and Katie Koven, who will talk about the ARTsySTEM Program; Jeannie Johnson a political science professor; Macy Keith and Marcos Garcia from the USU Access and Diversity Center, and Justin Peterson from USU Housing will participate on a Learn panel. The Art programme features Mikey Kettinger, a graduate student; Mark Boxx currently getting a degree in sculpture; Emily Walker alumni painting/drawing; Andy Worall MFA in painting/drawing; and Nicholas Carpenter current graphic design student.

The festival will also feature independent films shot in Utah, including a few shot in Cache Valley: Adam & Eve, Adopting Trouble, Arts of the Monsoon, Artifice, Knife Party for Kaiserman, Part of Eternity, Pegasus Hunter, Walter Hagen American Royalty, WeedEaters, Yellowstone: A Political Park, and 150th Battle of Pilot Knob.

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