Brett Hays

Brett Hays

Shatterglass Films
Line Producer, Producer and Production Manager

Champaign, Illinois

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February 2012
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About Brett

Brett Hays has been producing films for nearly ten years and is an active member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) as a Unit Production Manager. Brett is known for his work as a Producer, Line Producer and Unit Production Manager (DGA) on productions that starred the likes of Danny Glover, Taylor Kinney, Anthony Edwards, Victor Garber, Zoe Lister Jones, Griffin Dunne, and Tom Sizemore. Brett has been a producer on numerous films that include “Consumed” (filmed 2014), “Thrill Ride” (filmed 2014), “The Origins of Wit and Humor” (filmed 2013), “Dead Draw” (filmed 2013), “Searching for Venice” (filmed 2012), “The Drunk” (filmed 2012), “Finding Virginia” (filmed 2009) and “Leading Ladies” (filmed 2009). Brett is also a co-founder and member of the Board of directors for the CU Film Society, which is known for their Pens to Lens K-12 screenwriting competition. Brett has been recognized for his work with awards ranging from the Champaign County Small Business of the Year, to a Champaign County 40 Under 40 honoree to a Regional Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.



  • Death of Innocence

    Death of Innocence (2016)
    Film (Biography and Drama) Producer It's the very beginning of the mass movement we came to know as the struggle for legal and social justice in this country. Brown v. Board of Education had just been decided by the Supreme Court and there was massive resistance in the South. African Americans who tried to assert their equal rights following Brown were run out of their homes and forced off their farms through economic reprisals. They were intimidated, beaten and even murdered. This is the world Emmett walked into during the summer of 1955 after begging his mother to travel to the Mississippi Delta to visit relatives. The vacation of a lifetime for a confident, energetic and mischievous boy from Chicago who knew no boundaries in life. The boundaries began to close in on him as soon as he stepped off the train in Mississippi. Emmett's mutilated remains were returned to his mother two weeks later after he had been kidnapped, tortured for hours and finally shot and dumped into the Tallahassee River. A 75-pound gin fan, tied... Written by Christopher Benson

  • The Pooka

    The Pooka (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer Add a Plot »

  • The Hollow

    The Hollow (2016)
    Film (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Producer When a U.S. congressman's daughter passing through a small town in Mississippi dies in a mysterious triple homicide, a team of F.B.I. agents descends to investigate, the team's brilliant but jaded lead agent battling demons both past and present, as his beautiful, tough-as-nails partner tries to hold him and the case together. They find a struggling and corrupt sheriff's department, a shadowy and much-feared figure, who seems to be pulling all of the town's strings from his mansion on the edge of town and a local victim with a strange connection to a number of the town's most prominent figures. Written by Miles Doleac

  • Thrill Ride

    Thrill Ride (2016)
    Film Producer For generations, there have been all kinds of wild rumors surrounding gangster Al Capone's hidden fortune and the mysterious amusement park he built. When three kids sneak into the rundown park on the hunt for Capone's loot, the attractions come to life and take the kids on a wild and dangerous ride beyond all imagination. Now to survive the night, they must team up with a friendly sea witch, find a secret underground ride and take on an evil mermaid, bloodthirsty pirates, a fire-breathing dragon and an armada of monsters. And all on a school night! Written by Chris Parrish

  • Consumed

    Consumed (2015)
    Film (Drama and Thriller) Producer Political thriller set in the world of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms). It follows a single mother who goes on a journey to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of a CEO grappling with his son's autism, an organic farmer in danger of losing his farm, and two scientists on the brink of a major discovery. Written by Daryl Wein

  • Broke Juke

    Broke Juke (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama and Music) Miscellaneous Crew Dale, a bartender, struggles to comfort his regular, DeAnne, who's trying to cope with the loss of her husband by repeatedly playing their song a jukebox that no longer works.

  • Race You to Russia

    Race You to Russia (2014)
    Film (Short and Family) Producer Add a Plot »

  • The Doughnut Dance

    The Doughnut Dance (2014)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Family) Producer Things take an interesting turn at a small cafe when only one doughnut remains.

  • Dead Draw

    Dead Draw (2014)
    Film by Brian Klemesrud Co-Producer

  • The Art Lives

    The Art Lives (2013)
    Film (Documentary) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Even and Odd

    Even and Odd (2013)
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Producer Ivy and her dog Idris are invited into a parallel world by her unconscious self to help finish a quest.

  • Roger Ebert's 14th Annual Film Festival: A Retrospective

    Roger Ebert's 14th Annual Film Festival: A Retrospective (2013)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Producer Every year, Roger and Chaz Ebert, in association with the University of Illinois College of Media, put on a 5-day film festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Roger's home town. The festival takes place at the historic Virginia Theater in the heart of downtown Champaign. Major filmmakers, stars, historians, critics and film-lovers from all over the world come to experience this annual celebration that includes films both old and new, hand-picked by Roger himself with the help of Chaz and festival director, Nate Kohn. This documentary is a 10-minute retrospective of the 14th annual festival which took place from April 25th to April 29th, 2012. Written by Brett Hays

  • The Origins of Wit and Humor

    The Origins of Wit and Humor (2013)
    Film by Christian Gridelli Producer/Unit Production Manager

  • Searching for Venice

    Searching for Venice (2012)
    Film by Jason Knade Producer/Unit Production Manager

  • The Conversationalist

    The Conversationalist (2011)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Producer The Conversationalist follows the life of a callous assassin who must ultimately choose between retribution and love.

  • The Drunk

    The Drunk (2011)
    Film by Paul Fleschner & William Tanoos Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager

  • Finding Virginia

    Finding Virginia (2009)
    Film by Thomas Card Producer/Unit Production Manager

  • Leading Ladies

    Leading Ladies (2009)
    Film by Daniel & Erica Beahm Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager

  • Prelude (to Chadora)

    Prelude (to Chadora) (2008)
    to Chador (Short and Drama) Producer An anguished writer meets a mysterious woman in a coffee-shop and is drawn into soul-bearing conversation, but her interests may be deeper than he knows.

  • Sugar.

    Sugar. (2008)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer Add a Plot »

  • The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

    The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (2008)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Sugar

    Sugar (2007)
    Film (short) by Alex Beh Producer


  • Telly Awards: 33rd Annual (2012) :: Bronze Winner for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Documentary

  • Telly Awards: 33rd Annual (2012) :: Silver Winner for Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional – Documentary

  • Mid-America Emmy: 37th Annual (2013) :: Winner for Interstitial – Documentary

  • Telly Awards: 32nd Annual :: Bronze Winner for Excellence in Cinematography

  • Telly Awards: 32nd Annual :: Bronze Winner for Excellence in Corporate Image

  • Sonoma International Film Festival :: :: Sonoma, CA :: Winner: Showcase Award

  • Newfest :: NYC, NY :: Winner: Best of Fest

  • San Francisco United Film Festival :: San Fransisco, CA :: Winner: Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature

  • Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival:: Palm Beach, FL :: Winner: Best Feature

  • Bend Film Festival :: Bend, OR :: Winner: Best Short Film

  • Cinema St. Louis Showcase :: St. Louis, MO :: Winner: Best Editing

  • Lone Star International Film Festival :: Fort Worth, TX :: Winner: Special Jury Prize

  • Omaha Film Festival :: Omaha, NE :: Winner : Grand Jury Prize

  • Midwest International Film Festival :: Chicago, IL :: Winner: Best Cinematography

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