Remembering Brent Renaud
Covenant House is heartbroken by the death of Brent Renaud, whose life was tragically taken by Russian forces while covering the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine.
Brent and his brother Craig became good friends of Covenant House and our young people while filming the award-winning documentary SHELTER.
Former Covenant House New Orleans Executive Director Jim Kelly, who got to know Brent during the filming of SHELTER over the course of a year in 2017, shared his grief:
“Brent was a truly gifted artist who had an extraordinary ability to connect with our youth and capture their goodness and beauty… in each, the face of God. His intrepid spirit and heartfelt compassion shined through in all of his work.”
In addition to SHELTER, Brent teamed with his brother to cover the migrant journey of our Latin American young people for the New York Times – and was preparing to begin another piece about trans migrant youth in Latin America soon. Executive Director Rheneisha Robertson reflected on the impact of his purposeful work:
“Brent’s passion for lifting up the marginalized and shining a light on injustice leaves behind an indelible legacy. His work to highlight the humanity and courage of our youth and staff was a gift and a blessing.”
Please join us in sending Craig and the Renaud family our prayers during this difficult time.
Watch SHELTER, the award-winning documentary co-created by the late Brent Renaud and his brother Craig:
Watch a moving piece about Brent & Craig’s work profiling our migrant youth in Honduras:
Tributes to Brent’s life and legacy
WWL-TV: Filmmaker whose documentary featured homeless teens in New Orleans killed in Ukraine (video with Jim Kelly and CHNO alumnus Matthew from SHELTER)
WDSU-TV: Covenant House reflects on slain journalist Brent Renaud (video with Jim Kelly)
New York Times: Brent Renaud, Crusading Filmmaker, is Killed at 50
Niemen Lab: Celebrating the life and work of Brent Renaud (includes many videos of Brent’s work)
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Brent Renaud who lost his life while documenting the ruthlessness & evil inflicted upon 🇺🇦 people by Russia. May Brent’s life & sacrifice inspire the world to stand up in fight for the forces of light against forces of darkness. pic.twitter.com/bvQjM470OU
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 14, 2022