Brent Hodge

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Brent Hodge
Brent Hodge in Vancouver.jpg
Hodge at the 2014 DOXA Film Festival
Born (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 32)
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Filmmaker, entrepreneur
Years active 2008–present
Home town Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Brent Hodge (born July 9, 1985) is a Canadian-New Zealander documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known for his documentaries I Am Chris Farley, A Brony Tale and The Pistol Shrimps. He has been nominated for six Leo Awards for his documentary movies Winning America, What Happens Next? and A Brony Tale, winning one for A Brony Tale in 2015.[1][2] He was nominated for two Shorty Awards under the "director" category in 2014 and 2015 for his work on The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions and A Brony Tale. Hodge also won a Canadian Screen Award in 2014 for directing The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions with Grant Lawrence.[3]

The documentary The Pistol Shrimps (2016), follows a LA-based female basketball team, the Pistol Shrimps — including actress Aubrey Plaza and founder Maria Blasucci (Drunk History) — who come together for weekly matches filled with trash-talking, hard-fouling, wisecracking action. The documentary was co-produced with Warrior Poets and Morgan Spurlock as executive producer. The documentary won a Founders Award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival in July 2016. The film is distributed by NBC's subscription streaming service, Seeso and available online.

Hodge directed I Am Chris Farley in 2015 with Derik Murray of Network Entertainment. The documentary is based on the life of comedian actor Chris Farley and features interviews with numerous actors, comedians and others who worked with Farley during his career. The film was long listed for an Academy Award.[4]

In 2014, Hodge released his critically acclaimed documentary A Brony Tale. It delves into the world of the teenage and adult fans of the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (called "bronies") through the eyes of musician and voice actress Ashleigh Ball on her trip to the 2012 BronyCon.[5]

He has also done corporate work for Time magazine,[6] CBC Music,[7] Tourism Alberta, and National Film Board of Canada (for the movie Hue: A Matter of Colour),[8] as well as technology startups Uber, Hootsuite and Steve Russell's analytics startup Prism Skylabs.

Hodgee Films partnered with Morgan Spurlock in 2014 when Spurlock picked up the documentary A Brony Tale for theatrical distribution, under his "Morgan Spurlock Presents" label, a partnership between Warrior Poets, Virgil Films and Abramorama. A Brony Tale was the first film released under this label. The company worked with Spurlock again on the web series Consider the Source, also partnering with Disney's Maker Studios.

Early life[edit]

Hodge grew up in the City of St. Albert, Alberta, but moved to Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 12. He was first exposed to filmmaking in his entrepreneur class at Mount Douglas Secondary School. After high school he attended University of Victoria for a year before completing a degree in commerce at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Upon completing his degree he returned to Canada, attending School Creative in Vancouver, during which time he did sketch comedy with Chris Kelly, Zahf Paroo as well as Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy from The Ryan and Amy Show. Hodge holds dual citizenship for both New Zealand and Canada.[9]

Hodgee Films[edit]

Hodgee Films
Industry Films
Founded 2012
Founder Brent Hodge
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Brent Hodge, founder and director
Products Film

Hodgee Films is a Vancouver, BC-based independent film company. The company's latest film, A Brony Tale, followed voice actress Ashleigh Ball and the brony community, and was nominated for six 2015 Leo Awards, including "Best Documentary", won "Best Documentary" at the 2014 Las Vegas Film Festival and premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

The company also produced W Network's spinoff series Cameron's House Rules.[10][11]

In 2014 Hodge was named one of BCBusiness's Top 30 under 30 for his work as CEO of Hodgee Films.[12] Hodge stated that he had given himself a goal to hit a certain revenue target, film globally and bring his work back to Vancouver for post-production work.

The company logo, a white rabbit with the text "Hodgee Films" next to it, was inspired by the film Alice in Wonderland, says CEO of the company Brent Hodge: "I always go back to the little logo I have, which is a white rabbit. It comes from Alice in Wonderland and it's about having that magic in everything we do. Down the rabbit hole." [13]


Year Film Notes
2008 Paradise Lost Actor
2008 Smallville Actor
2009 Rampage Actor
2011 The Cockumentary Director/producer/subject
2011 Winning America Director/producer; nominated for a Leo Award for Best Documentary in 2012
2012 What Happens Next? Director/producer; nominated for a Leo Award for Best Documentary in 2013
2013 The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions with Grant Lawrence Director; won a Canadian Screen Award in 2014
2013 Hue: A Matter of Colour Camera operator
2014 A Brony Tale Director/writer/producer; premiered at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Las Vegas Film Festival and holds a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes; nominated for four Leo Awards, including Best Feature Documentary and Best Director; won the Leo Award for "Best Overall Sound"
2014 Violent Executive producer; showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, screened the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival where it won "Best Canadian Film" and "Best British Columbia Film"; nominated for nine Leo Awards, winning eight, including "Best Picture" and "Best Director"; nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film"
2015 I Am Chris Farley Director/editor; premiered in August on Spike TV
2015 Cameron's House Rules Director/producer/editor; TV mini-series
2015 Consider the Source Director/producer/editor; in association with Disney's Maker Studios and Morgan Spurlock
2016 The Pistol Shrimps Director/producer/writer/editor; in association with Warrior Poets, a documentary starring Aubrey Plaza about a women's basketball team made up of comedians, models and actresses


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