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)

Documentary

Producer, Director

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

BULLFROGS (excerpt)

Fiction

Writer, Director

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

Audio Non-Fiction

Writer, Producer

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.

THE LATEST

 

Features & TV

SHELL SHOCKED

TV Documentary

Co-Writer, Editor

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

Lead Editor

 

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

TV Documentary

Co-Editor

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

SHORT DOCS

 

A LOUD COLOR

Writer, Director

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

HOLDOUT

Writer, Director

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.

Included in 2 DVD Compilations: The Scream: Slamdance Short Film Compilation & New Fest 20th Anniversary Shorts

 

BRANDED

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Season 3 Teaser Trailer

Co-Editor

Agency: mOcean

Creative Director: Greg Harrison

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS "WIN THE NIGHT"

Commercial

Editor

 

Directed by Brian Bain

 

One of several commercials edited for TEMPT Films

Agency: Peter Mayer

BOUNCE MEETS VOGUE

Branded content

Editor

Directed by Bob Weisz

New Orleans bounce meets New York vogue in the "One Million Square Feet of Culture" campaign for Microsoft.

Agency: Mother

Produced by Court 13

Cinematography: Jake SpringfieldThe Ross Brothers.

EXPERIMENTS

 

MIRZA THE MIRACULOUS

Writer, Director

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

DANNY'S SONG

Mash-up

Director, Editor

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.”