Brent Hodge started his film directing career with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) directing TV documentaries including Leo Nominated Winning America and What Happens Next about Canadian singer Dan Mangan. Hodge recently won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Non Fiction Online Content. Hodge’s first feature length documentary A Brony Tale got its world debut at Tribeca Film Festival and is being distributed by Morgan Spurlock and has a theatrical release in July 2014.Hodge has also worked with National Geographic, National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Canada, and OLN Network and has done web video content for McDonalds, GAP, Samsung, TIME Magazine, and Uber. Brent runs his own company Hodgee Films which focuses on video content for agencies, tech start-ups, travel documentaries, and filming live events around the world. Here are five albums he’s loving right now…
1 – Chet Faker, Built On Glass: This seems to be the number one album of the editing room. I can’t do video editing without music and Chet Faker has been on repeat. Favourite songs are 1998, Talk Is Cheap, Cigarettes & Loneliness. I remember thinking the DJ bearded dude who put out a remix of No Diggity was pretty cool a while back, then this album just took it to the next level.
2 – Arcade Fire, Reflektor: Funeral is definitely my favourite Arcade Fire album, but I’m going to see them at the end of the month so I feel like I’ve really been trying to get to love their new stuff. It took a little while but has totally grown on me. This has all the elements of a great album. It takes you on a really great journey, and I just find it refreshing that a band that has grown so much like Arcade Fire still wants to put out great, intelligent and risk taking music. Not an ounce of jaded rock star in this, it’s pure talent, hard work and fun coming from the speakers. I can’t wait to see them go down in history. Truly the best band of our time.
3 – Dan Mangan, Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Dan is a musician from Canada. He started off as more of a singer/songwriter but has seriously come to his own as a bigger band. Opened for Mumford and Sons and other big names. He is actually the subject of one of my first documentaries I did with CBC in Canada so I have a big place in my heart for his music. This album is quite old but I recently started listening to it again. Fair Verona is my favourite track, always will be.
4 – Snoop Lion, Reincarnated: I don’t care what anyone thinks. This is produced by Major Lazer and there is some seriously awesome beats on it. Snoop’s street cred has been gone for years so we don’t hold it against him, this is actually a good album.
5 – James Carr, You Got My Mind Messed Up: An absolute classic from the late 60s. I’ve been putting this album on a lot lately. The first song, called Pouring Water On A Drowning Man is such a great title and I think the perfect song to start an album with. I don’t think they make albums like they used to where the whole thing was a story they would tell and the first getting singles is probably the key to it. Either way this album is, start to finish, the easiest thing to listen to.