Brent Joseph is an award-winning filmmaker who was born and raised in New Orleans. He learned his craft by working as an assistant in the cutting rooms of David Fincher, Larry Clark, and Seth Rogen before collaborating as an editor on several films including: MTV's True Life: I'm Living in Iraq (Edward R. Murrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary), Five Time Champion (SXSW) and Shell Shocked (PBS, co-writer). His work as a director includes, Holdout and A Loud Color, two short films about Hurricane Katrina. They played at over twenty festivals, museums and universities from Los Angeles to Paris (AFI, Rooftop Films, Full Frame, and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University). Brent’s commercial work includes trailers edited for American Horror Story and content for Microsoft and Ford. Most recently, Brent directed Beirut on the Bayou, a short documentary about his Lebanese immigrant family working as peddlers in South Louisiana’s Cajun communities during the early 20th century.
BEIRUT ON THE BAYOU (excerpt)
Lebanese author, Raif Shwayri, travels to Louisiana to trace the life of his grandfather who worked as a peddler serving the Cajuns on Bayou Lafourche in the early 20th century.
Based on the book of the same title by Raif Shwayri
Music by Brian Prunka
A scavenger finds a body in the swamp. Moss is set on fire. The horror of being alive dissolves into a loving embrace. We might be seeing the beginning of a new life or perhaps a nightmare that endlessly repeats itself.
Starring Paul Soileau & Llewyn Máire
Music by Curtis Heath
CREATURES OF THE INTERSTATE
An anecdote about meeting a retired Texas oil man drinking and gambling his way home to Houston. This true story takes place in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and paints a picture of an anxious gridlocked country as seen from the bumpy roads and polluted air of West Louisiana.
Features & TV
Directed by John Richie
An investigation into the causes and possible solutions to the youth violence epidemic in New Orleans, frequent murder capital of the US.
Broadcast on PBS World
FIVE TIME CHAMPION
Directed by Berndt Mader
A small-town Texas drama about love, hope, petty theft, adultery, and the boundless opportunities presented by science.
Starring: Ryan Akin, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jon Gries, Robert Longstreet, Betty Buckley
Music by Graham Reynolds
Soundtrack available on iTunes
Purchase film on Amazon
MTV'S TRUE LIFE: I'M LIVING IN IRAQ
Directed by David Schisgall
This look inside the early days of the Iraq war from the perspective of both Iraqi citizens and American soldiers was the first long-form documentary on Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Winner 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award - Best TV News Documentary
Co-edited by Andrew Hafitz
A LOUD COLOR
While sorting through the debris of the African American community center he opened one month before it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, 72-year-old Louis Harding talks about history and heroes and why he can't give up on his lifelong dream.
Songs by Champion Jack Dupree
Produced by NOVAC
Distributed by Media That Matters
Available on Netflix
Set against the stark and surreal landscape of a desolate New Orleans, Holdout is a portrait of a man who refused to leave his home before or after Hurricane Katrina in order to care for his eighteen pets.
Footage from this film was used in Spike Lee's When the Levee's Broke and Court 13's Here and Now series for Time Magazine.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Season 3 Teaser Trailer
Creative Director: Greg Harrison
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS "WIN THE NIGHT"
Directed by Brian Bain
Agency: Peter Mayer
MIRZA THE MIRACULOUS
An experimental short film incorporating abstract art, dustbuster spaceships, gibberish voices, remnants of Mardi Gras costumes and analog electronic music. This kaleidoscopic movie was originally shot on the Texas-Mexican border in 1999, but was abandoned due to technical difficulties. The project was revived 15 years later by a successful Kickstarter fund-raising campaign.
Starring Paul Soileau (aka Christeene)
Artwork by Co-Star Iva Gueorguieva
Music by Quintron
Soundtrack available on iTunes
Vinyl available through Ameoba Music
An early, VHS, mash-up of Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's book The Shining cut to Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' version of the Leon Russell–Bonnie Bramlett song “Superstar.”