FilmQuest is a festival for filmmakers by filmmakers. Explore who we are and what we’ve done that helps us make FilmQuest the best fest possible for you.
JONATHAN MARTIN – Founder & Director – Jonathan is first and foremost a filmmaker. His first narrative short, An Evening with My Comatose Mother, is the most awarded horror short film of all-time. The film won 76 festival and industry awards and played at over 100 film festivals. Jonathan is also the owner of Bohemian Industries, a production company focused on delivering unique and original stories and content in all genres of cinema. His music videos, Muscle Hawk’s Electric Light and Shaun Canon’s I’ll Always Be Young, are multiple award winners themselves. In 2016, he’ll be releasing the dark fantasy short film Kiss the Devil in the Dark (starring Doug Jones, Dameon Clarke, and Amrita Acharia), the music videos Demons and Yelpy’s Shine, and the Jack the Ripper meets Bride of Frankenstein Hammer style mashup short Creatures of Whitechapel.
With FilmQuest, Jonathan has tried to build the ultimate festival experience. Having been to and seen how many festivals of all makes and sizes operate, Jonathan hopes to take the festival game to the next level and deliver to all who come to FilmQuest an experience they won’t forget. A festival where there is no pretentiousness, no fluff, and all fun. But also a festival that enriches and helps propel filmmakers on their journey to becoming what they dream of, that encourages and promotes films and filmmakers in all categories while staying focused on the majesty of genre cinema.
Feel free to email Jonathan personally via firstname.lastname@example.org or through the FilmQuest website.
JONNA JACKSON – Assistant Director & Production Manager – Jonna is no stranger to managing large events, Jonna has over 20 years of managing concerts for major rock bands like The Eagles, Jack White, Fear Factory and many more. She has also served as the Production Manager for the world famous Screamfest Horror Film Festival in LA the past seven years, where many have come to affectionately know her as “Red.” Through such experiences, Jonna has now become a top notch script editor & consultant for several filmmakers, while also serving as the top District Manager for The Body Shop. Jonna and Jonathan became immediate best friends when they met at the 2011 Screamfest, and have since supported each other’s projects. A hard working, fun, yet to-the-point woman, Jonna is a firecracker on the FilmQuest team.
RICHARD TEASDALE – Assistant Director – An award winning editor, Richard was brought on board to FilmQuest as soon as it was founded. He and Jonathan have edited several projects together, and Richard more than anybody on the team appreciates the art of good editing and structure. A level headed individual, Richard brings stability and honesty to all his work.
CAROLYN TEASDALE – Social Media Coordinator – Richard’s wife, Carolyn has helped FilmQuest create a brand new social media identity that creates interaction and fun for FilmQuest alumni, fans, and audiences. She also helps conduct filmmaker interviews, helps create the monthly newsletter, and is a strong backbone and supporter of the Utah film industry and FilmQuest in general.
MARIO DEANGELIS – Panel & Workshops Moderator – Mario is an accomplished filmmaker, and the founder of the Salty Horror International Film Festival. With FilmQuest’s acquisition of Salty, Mario has come fully on board FilmQuest to make sure that the panels and workshops are top notch experiences, well-researched, enlightening, and worth audiences time and attention. Be sure to introduce yourself to Mario at each festival, and keep him in the loop with the happenings as your career progresses so we can be sure to include you at future events… or perhaps Mario may just include you in one of his future film productions!
GRAY ANDERSON – Sponsorship Coordinator – Joining the FilmQuest team in 2015 as Jonathan’s intern, Gray quickly gained the respect and trust of Jonathan with his great work ethic, amiable demeanor, and go-getter attitude. Hungry for success, Gray has already established a prominent photo and videography company in the local area. Gray has been appointed as FilmQuest’s Sponsorship Coordinator due to his ability to communicate well with others and make those he works with feel comfortable and at home. The youngest member of the FilmQuest team, Gray is no less capable to make great things happen not only at FilmQuest, but in his own young career.
BRIAN HIGGINS – FilmQuest Express Coordinator – Well known and respected in the Utah film industry, Brian is famous for putting on short, barnstorming film festivals in the area. A filmmaker first and foremost, and an all around fun guy, Brian brings a refreshing attitude and worldly knowledge to us from his native Northern Ireland. No one on the team has more experience in organizing large groups of filmmakers for great screening experiences, the SLC area would be less without him. He is the perfect individual to oversee and guide FilmQuest Express and make sure all the rules are followed, that fun is had, and that the proceedings are handled fairly. He’ll also be seen in the upcoming dark fantasy short film Kiss the Devil in the Dark this year.