Brent is one of the documentary film world’s most faithful optimists.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Brent found himself caught between the creative pull of Hollywood and his family’s history of real “adventures” to create a better future. (He can trace his lineage through the dust bowl, the fight to free slaves, our country’s revolutionary war, and the Pilgrims from the Mayflower.) At a young age Brent saw his parents shift their lives to serve others. The result was a tremendous blessing for their community, but also left him with an undeniable impression that there is always hope.
Brent’s film career began at 19 when he was offered a job to leave computer school and make a documentary in China. Some would attribute it to right place right time – it was at the beginning of digital video cameras and he was cheap labor – but he prefers to attribute this perfect break to divine poetry. the project was successful, and upon returning home he enrolled in film school. Soon after, Brent was randomly approached by someone who felt they were supposed to donate money to support his work. He took that donation and leveraged it to make films for multiple nonprofits. The good that came from these films was exponential and surprising. A creative fire was lit in Brent’s heart.
Now, after 20 years in the industry, Brent has a reputation of being a kind-hearted and faithful partner. His style of production is not flashy but rather what he would term “appropriate” to earn authenticity without sacrificing quality. He has directed and consulted on 250+ short documentaries for organizations such as Toyota, LA Clippers, Union Rescue Mission, Deidox, Saddleback, Goodwill, Eden Reforestation Projects, and IJM, among others – helping raise hundreds of millions in donations for needed causes.
Over the last 5 years Brent has shifted a large part of his time into documentary features and shows. His recent credits include the documentary “Free Burma Rangers” which was the #1 theatrical documentary of 2020 and is now on Amazon Video. His previous films have been on Showtime, Hulu, for the Olympics, and during the Super Bowl. He is currently in production on a feature film (”The Healing Trees”) and a yet-to-be titled documentary series on an author/speaker named Francis Chan.