He made a movie called CHIEF, which premiered at Sundance and was hailed by IndieWIRE as a "must-see." He has a new one called CARE, which recently won "Best Dramatic Film" at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying prize that CHIEF also won. Huzzah!
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.
He directs lots of commercials and web films, which have won a closetful of industry awards—most recently two 2013 Silver Addys. Clients include Road Runner, McDonalds, American Savings Bank, Lexus, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Resorts, Burger King (don't tell McDonalds) and Mobi PCS.
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. Check it out in Turkish!
Here are some particularly nice quotes:
Brett lives in Los Angeles and Honolulu. He 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.