Brent McHenry is an award-winning Los Angeles-based director, creative producer, and lover of Story + Light + Movement + Music. Residing in Los Angeles for over 10 years, Brent has helmed productions for countless clients, agencies, artists, and fellow filmmakers. While sharing love for multiple genres, his true passion lies in visually stunning, emotionally provocative, character-driven narratives (and the occasional absurd comedy). Because of repeated, unsupervised exposure to Star Wars and Jurassic Park at an early age, Brent plans to one day venture to the outer reaches of space and/or recklessly joyride through a minimum security dinosaur theme park in a 1993 Ford Explorer with Jeff Goldblum riding shotgun.
Originally hailing from a unique combination of the humid backroads of the Deep South and the rainy coastline of Vancouver Island, Brent was consistently exposed to a variety of beautiful places, strange people (even stranger family members), and eye-opening experiences that fostered an environment of unbridled curiosity, exploration, creativity, and expression. As a result, he excelled as an artist and storyteller from an early age, winning several writing competitions and a national art contest sponsored by Northwest Airlines and the Brooks Museum of Art.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Brent is an actor’s director with an uncommon ability to craft complex, nuanced performances while dedicating unwavering attention to visual storytelling. His natural ability to balance both dramatic and comedic content and to carefully communicate the emotion of a scene make him an ideal fit for bringing character and relationship driven stories to life. As a documentary filmmaker, Brent has a keen ability to capture beautifully raw portraits conveying the authentic life stories and compelling drama of their unique subjects.
Brent’s films have been selected as Vimeo Staff Picks on multiple occasions and have garnered several awards on the festival circuit. In 2013, “Glow” was featured by Short of the Week and received the Panavision Future Filmmaker Award. It is currently being developed into a television series by Gunpowder & Sky. “The Best and Worst Days of George Morales' Unnaturally Long Life” was named Official Selection at 2016 NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, and 2016 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. It was also recognized as Best Comedy - Short at Best of NFMLA 2017.
In 2018, Brent is preparing to embark on yet another successful festival run with a handful of stellar dramatic and comedic short films. And as he continues to grow as both an individual and a filmmaker, Brent is consistently taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way—while still keeping his long-term sights on a real life dinosaur safari and a window seat aboard Virgin Galactic.