Brad Allgood

For Brad Allgood, a three-and-a-half-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua launched an award-winning filmmaking career specializing in entertaining character-driven documentaries that inspire audience engagement.. Allgood’s films have taken him into the heart of the Nicaraguan rainforest and remote Caribbean islands, as well as to the sparse Kalahari desert and dense African jungles. In 2012, he turned his attention to a Paraguayan slum where garbage pickers turned trash into treasure, directing the acclaimed documentary Landfill Harmonic (Mountainfilm 2015), which garnered over 40 festival wins and was acquired by HBO, among other global platforms. The Oscar-qualifying film tells the heartwarming story of a youth orchestra in Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely from garbage. His other films include My Village, My Lobster (2012), winner of the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Documentary, 120 Days: Undocumented in America (2013) and Songs from Bosawas (2014), an adventure music film that documents the first professional recording of indigenous musicians in Nicaragua’s rainforests. Allgood most recently directed Dani’s Twins (Mountainfilm 2022 World Premiere).