Saint Andrew’s alum John Logan Pierson ’06 is fueled by an ongoing curiosity that compels him to ask questions, delve into the answers, and share them with the world. Pierson, a film and television producer whose blockbuster oeuvre includes Patriots Day (2016), Mile 22 (2018), and Spenser Confidential (2020) is currently in Thailand producing a Netflix scripted limited series about the 2018 rescue of the boys soccer team that became trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.
Pierson said his success is supported by his passion to tell stories.
“The secret privilege of making films and television shows is that you get to take deep dives learning about lifestyles and places and worlds and people few get to see in an intimate way,” said Pierson. “Oftentimes, my work during the early stages of a project most closely resembles a journalist — asking questions, finding sources, and trying to understand.”
Pierson, who enjoyed immersing himself in a number of activities and programs at SA, was a member of the swimming and forensics teams. He was also one of a few students who brought life back to Saint Andrew’s water polo team during his sophomore and junior years.
Most recently, Pierson has been in the spotlight for his nonfiction films, namely the most recently released, Los Últimos Frikis, a documentary and 10-year labor of love about Cuban Heavy Metal band, ZEUS, and their fight to be heard, at times against the wishes of a Communist regime. The film, released this fall on streaming platform, Topic, recently received acclaim spurred by a positive New York Times review.
Saint Andrew’s Alumni Development Officer Victor Agapay said Pierson’s latest documentary is one that speaks to the strength and diversity of the Hispanic diaspora throughout the South Florida community.
“John Logan is a creative force with a vision of educating others and uncovering the stories of those whose stories wouldn’t otherwise be told,” said Agapay. “It is especially exciting to hear about his latest film, as it is Hispanic Heritage Month. We are so proud of his accomplishments and we look forward to following his future cinematic endeavors.”
Pierson said his video production and classes at SA were some of his earliest experiences and inspirations to create entertainment.
“My teachers’ openness to letting us as students experiment and explore was both inspiring and very brave,” said Pierson. “With their encouragement and that of Saint Andrew’s as a whole, during my senior year, a group of us put on two events in the theater— a charity fundraiser rock ‘n’ roll concert and an international film festival. Even today I am amazed at the trust and partnership the school engaged in.”
Pierson said he is truly grateful for his experiences at SA, which continue to inform his professional fortitude.
“Saint Andrew’s was an invaluable and foundational building block in both the producer and person I am today,” said Pierson. “Each class, each amazing teacher, and each exposure to different skills and worlds and challenges led me to where I am.”