Who Let the Dogs Out (2019)

  • 1h 21m
  • Brent Hodge
  • canada
  • 2019

“A tale steeped in showbiz, legal battles, artistic integrity and one very catchy hook.”
— Robert Daniels, That Shelf

A trip to a New York public library led Who Let The Dogs Out superfan and comedian Ben Sisto to discover an annoying partial citation in a Wikipedia entry, and from there down a rabbit hole from which he wouldn’t emerge for years to come.

This wild, roundabout story is in equal parts about the origins of the Baha Men’s smash hit and the machinations of the music industry. It’s a hugely entertaining tale of missed connections, forgotten groups, personal aspirations… and crushed dreams.

Sisto’s premise is that everything is based on prior art, and everything is source material for future art. It’s from this mantra that the dogs were let out — and he’s determined to find out who did it.

“Who really did let the dogs out?
There are nine different people
who claim that they wrote it.

— Brent Hodge

Hodge’s unpredictable mystery tour tracks Sisto as he delivers his popular live talks about the history of Dogs — accompanied by a museum of over 250 pieces of ephemera relating to the song and its origins.

A twisted tale steeped in show business, legal battles, female empowerment, artistic integrity and one very catchy hook, Hodge’s film continues his trips down some of the less-trodden highways and byways of North American popular culture. Dogs follows A Brony Tale (Doc Edge 2014), The Pistol Shrimps (Doc Edge 2016) and the TV series The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions. Listen to Tony Stamp discuss Doc Edge 2020’s music films on RNZ

Listen to Tony Stamp discuss Doc Edge 2020’s music films on RNZ
Read Stuff’s top 10 films to stream in our online festival here.
Read NZ Herald’s top five picks here.
Listen to the interview by Radio New Zealand here.

Previous festival selections include:
SXSW 2019




Brent Hodge