Olivier D. Asselin | Canada, 2019 | 6 min
At last, a film that dares to answer the age-old question: Who let the dogs out? This master stroke of investigative journalism is exactly what you think it is, except with a hell of a lot more heart and insight than lesser filmmakers might have afforded the subject. In the year 2000, the Bahamian collective Baha Men released their indelible earworm, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” and the world was better or worse off for it. In 2008, unemployed artist Ben Sisto came across an incomplete citation on the song’s Wikipedia entry. This chance encounter led Sisto to embark on an eight-year journey to uncover and bring closure to one of the most hotly-contested and longstanding copyright cases in music publishing history. It turns out that a surprising number of performers and producers the world over stake claim to having first let the dogs out. Hodge and Sisto’s one-man travelogue brings us dangerously close to knowing the truth, once and for all.