Who Let the Dogs Out


TIFF Lightbox 1 Thu, May 2, 2019 9:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Fri, May 3, 2019 6:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, May 5, 2019 9:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Nightvision
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Latin America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Brent Hodge
Producer(s):Aly Kelly
Ben Sisto
Executive Producer(s):Blair Miller
Kim Guise
Conrad Whelan
Jonas Woost
Christina Willings
Lizzy Karp
Editor(s):Jasleen Kaur
Brent Hodge
Frank Cassano
Writer(s):Ben Sisto
Cinematography:Charlie Ricottone
Composer:David Menzel
Jordaniel Bennett
Sound:John Diemer


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It may have seemed like a simple undertaking when he started, but little did artist and curator Ben Sisto know that to answer the question, "Who let the dogs out?"—one of the catchiest and most recognizable hooks in music—he'd have to travel across the world. From cheerleaders to feminist musicians to music execs, many claim to have asked the question first. Sisto has made a part-time living out of telling the story of his search to live audiences, and he has one big conclusion to share: We may never know who, who, who, who, who let the dogs out. And actually, it's not that important. The lesson Sisto draws from his wild eight-year-long adventure is that all creation relies on a shared pool of ideas. We may never answer the question, but asking it is all the fun. Aisha Jamal

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Additional Information

  • NOW - Norman Wilner's top 10 must-see films at Hot Docs 2019
  • NOW - 4 Stars, "Compelling...an investigation of inspiration, conspiracy and authorship."
  • POV - "Manages to provide Sisto’s onslaught of information in a wonderfully humorous way."