Brett's current project is the feature film THE BIG BEND, starring Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, Erica Ash, and David Sullivan. THE BIG BEND premiered at the Austin Film Festival and has won three "best feature" awards in its year-long festival run. Previously, he made a movie called CHIEF, which premiered at Sundance and was hailed by IndieWIRE as a "must-see." His next film, called CARE, starred Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL). CARE won Best Dramatic Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Kansas City Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. Both films received Academy Award qualification as a result of their festival wins.
His adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir, THE DEVIL'S TEETH, for executive producer Terrence Malick, received a Sloan Foundation Development Grant from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Brett directs lots of commercials and web films, which have won dozens of industry accolades. Clients include Bristol Myers, EmblemHealth, Road Runner, MTS Mobile, McDonalds, American Savings Bank, Lexus, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Resorts, Burger King (don't tell McDonalds) and North Carolina Lottery.
His feature film, FIVE YEARS, was distributed internationally (under the release title THE HIDDEN) after a 30-festival tour that included awards for Best Feature Film at the Victoria Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Avignon. It's been dubbed into many fun languages; check it out in Turkish!
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Brett lives in Savannah, where he is the Associate Chair of the Department of Film and Television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Brett is represented by ICM Partners and 3Arts. For commercials, he is repped in the contiguous U.S. by Whiskey Bear and in Europe by Zara Arakelyan. Brett grew up in Cleveland and earned an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Various other things happened along the way, which he’ll tell you about over a beer one day.