As kids in small towns sometimes do, Brent Foster left to explore the world, and didn’t look back. His work has led him to more than 35 countries where he’s eaten white ants in Uganda and been tattooed by monks in Thailand. Most importantly, though, he has had the chance to tell incredibly powerful stories ranging from conflict in the Gaza Strip to doctors fighting for access to pain relief for the chronically ill in India, for editorial clients such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and Canadian Geographic.
Photojournalism taught Brent a lot about creating authentic content and helping subjects quickly become comfortable in front of the camera. It was also during his time in the editorial world that Brent recognized the significance of telling stories through cinematic work. It was the power of hearing a subject’s voice, and seeing the way they interact and move with the world that led him to a career shift into filmmaking. Brent has since acted as Director/DOP on projects for global brands such as Nike, DJI, The NBA, and Purolator to help them create authentic pieces of content that resonate with viewers.
This year, Brent has been shortlisted for The Young Director Awards and The Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase in Cannes, as well as The Shots Awards for New Director of the Year. Alongside his branded projects, Foster’s passion project entitled “While I’m Here | The Legacy Project” profiles everyday heroes passing on a legacy. The project has picked up Vimeo Staff Picks and multiple awards along the way.