Champaign County Chamber of Commerce (2012) :: Small Business of the Year
Mid-America Emmy: 37th Annual (2013) :: Winner for Interstitial – Documentary
Mid-America Emmy: 37th Annual (2014) :: Nominated (TBA) for Interstitial – Documentary
Telly Awards: 32nd Annual (2011) :: Bronze Winner for Excellence in Cinematography
Telly Awards: 32nd Annual (2011) :: Bronze Winner for Excellence in Corporate Image
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
(Formerly known as “Food”)
In the summer of 2014, Brett was the Line Producer and UPM of Daryl Wein’s film Consumed starring Kunal Nayyar, Danny Glover, Taylor Kinney, Anthony Edwards, Zoe Lister Jones, Victor Garber, Griffin Dunne and Beth Grant.
Consumed is a modern political thriller that explores the complex world of Genetically Modified Food. The story is anchored by a working class Mother from Iowa on a hunt to uncover the mysterious illness afflicting her son. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer fighting to save his farm, the CEO of a major biotechnology company promoting the benefits of GM food, two Scientists working on the first transgenic animal for human consumption, and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of it all.
For more information about the film, visit CONSUMEDTHEMOVIE.com
- Hollywood Reporter: ‘Chicago Fire’ Star Taylor Kinney Joins Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’
- Hollywood Reporter:Zoe Lister-Jones to Star in Political Thriller ‘Food’
- Collider: Taylor Kinney Boards ROCK THE KASBAH and FOOD
- The Daily Illini: Independent movie “Food” filming in Champaign
- The News-Gazette: ‘Giving community’ putting its best foot forward
- WDWS: Shatterglass Studios’ Brett Hays
- The News Gazette: Top of the Morning, May 28, 2014
- Entertainment Weekly: Casting Net – Zoe Lister-Jones
THE ORIGINS OF WIT AND HUMOR (2013)
In the Fall of 2013, Shatterglass Studios partnered with Chicago filmmakers, Christian Gridelli & Hunter Norris of DimeStore Films to produce their debut film, The Origins of Wit and Humor, starring Joe Hursley (Resident Evil: Extinction, Accepted and Fast & Furious) and Steve Lemme (Super Troopers, Beerfest, and The Dukes Of Hazzard).
The Origins of Wit & Humor begins with the abrupt end of a five-year relationship and sees professional comedy writer Les Candalero melt into a puddle of self-doubt. With nothing left to lose, he orders a wonder tonic that will grant him an irresistible sense of humor. The product works — too well. Les begins to doubt the only thing he ever prided himself on, his sense of humor. Are they laughing at him or the tonic? He sets out, with the help of his best friend and anchor to reality, Pops, to flush this aphrodisiac out of his system and return stasis — or at least honest laughs — to his world.
For more information about the film, visit http://www.orginsofwitandhumor.com
EVEN & ODD (2013)
In January, we (CU Film Society) started a community film project we called the Pens To Lens Screenwriting Competition with the goal of creating an opportunity for K-12 Students to participate in the local filmmaking community by writing original screenplays for short films. Without knowing what to expect, we received over 120 screenplay submissions from students aged 5 to 18. We chose nine of the scripts to be produced by local filmmakers. The one that we produced is called Even and Odd and was written by a 10 year old girl. The story is about how Ivy and her dog Idris are invited into a parallel world by her unconscious self to help finish a quest.
Click here to watch the short film
Click here to watch a behind the scenes report on the film
SEARCHING FOR VENICE (2012)
In the Fall of 2012, Shatterglass Studios (Brett Hays & Luke Boyce) co-produced another feature film called Searching For Venice. The production has taken our crew from the beaches of Indiana, to the vineyards of Wisconsin, to the streets of Chicago.
Searching for Venice is an ensemble film that follows a diverse collection of characters, all of whom are eccentrically flawed and part of the same dysfunctional family. Tragic, comedic, and romantic, this narrative explores what it means to live, love, and be a family in contemporary society.
For more information about the film, visit http://searchingforvenice.com
THE DRUNK (2011)
In 2011, Shatterglass Studios producer, Brett Hays, co-produced and managed a political comedy starring Tom Sizemore and Gov. Jesse Ventura called The Drunk. The Drunk is a political comedy and fictional account of the hard drinking grandson of legendary labor leader, Eugene V. Debs, who gets arrested for drunk driving one night. When he discovers that the corrupt prosecutor, played by Tom Sizemore, is trying to put him in jail for political reasons, he decides to run against him for governor of Indiana. The film was picked up for distribution by Green Apple Entertainment. Green Apple distributes to digital platforms (Amazon, iTunes, Netflix), Redbox, Video on Demand Services, traditional DVD and Blu-Ray sales, as well as world TV premieres.
- ABC News: Ventura Joins Sizemore in Cast of ‘The Drunk’
- Access Hollywood: Ventura Joins Sizemore In Cast Of ‘The Drunk’
- ‘The Drunk’ ready to start filming: Producers announce Tom Sizemore has joined cast
- “The Drunk” begins filming in Terre Haute
- Inside ‘The Drunk’ – Movie written and directed by local men now 2 weeks into shooting
- Valley residents turn out to be part of ‘The Drunk’
- Film crews wrapping up production of ‘The Drunk’ (interview with Brett Hays)
- What would Debs think?
- Champaign has a movie studio? (article about Shatterglass Studios)
FINDING VIRGINIA (2009)
In 2009, Shatterglass Studios producer, Brett Hays, produced and managed a feature film called Finding Virginia. The film was shot in Decatur, IL over the course of only 10 days and was filmed with 3 cameras at once.
From Illinois’ quiet cornfields comes a story inspired by true events of suffering and sacrifice. Finding Virginia examines the balance of sight, perception, and truth as a community grapples to discover what led to the disappearance of a sweet, loving member. New light is shed upon the year-old investigation, when an already imprisoned young man gloats to his cellmate of his first-hand involvement. Framed within the context of the prisoner’s interrogation room visits, a tragic nightmare reveals itself. Over the course of eighteen hours, kidnapper Nathan Daniels torments and intimidates a young single mother, pushing the very boundaries of her faith. Abducting Virginia Cutler “Ginny” from a crowded parking lot in broad daylight, Nathan coerces her into driving him around town in a wicked game. Threatening deadly consequences to her loved ones and strangers alike, Nathan cruelly tempts Ginny to flee and succumb to her instincts of self-preservation. Through insight into this horrific journey we come to realize the true nature of Virginia’s character.
The film recently screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival and was chosen as one of five films for the “New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Filmmaker Award“.
LEADING LADIES (2009)
In 2009, members of Shatterglass Studios (Luke Boyce & Brett Hays) were the Co-Producers and Production Managers of the award winning dance-musical Leading Ladies. The film is an infectious comedy about two sisters (newcomers Shannon Lea Smith and Laurel Vail), their gay best friend (So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer), and their overzealous stage mom (Melanie LaPatin, Choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Last Days of Disco). The Campari family’s life revolves entirely around ballroom dancing, so when one sister gets pregnant and the other plans to waltz out of the closet, their mom’s pursuit of the Midwest Regional Ballroom Competition is in severe jeopardy. Cinematography was by Pete Biagi (The Company and A Prairie Home Companion) and costume design was by Tony Award winning costume designer Markas Henry (Elf, Thoroughly Modern Millie & Beauty and the Beast).
The film won the 2010 Showcase Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, played two nights at Newfest, received a positive review in Variety Magazine & recently screened at the Cannes Independent Film Festival. The film was picked up for distribution and is available for purchase/rental from: Netflix, Blockbuster, iTunes, Amazon & Wolfe.
- 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 & Closing Night Gala
- Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival:: Palm Beach, FL :: Winner: Best Feature & Closing Night Gala
- Palm Springs International Film Festival :: Palm Springs, CA :: Gala Event
- Budapest Pride Film Festival :: Budapest, Hungary :: Closing Night Gala
- Out! For Reel Film Series :: Northampton, MA :: Gala Event
- Soggettiva Film Festival :: Bologna, Italy :: Closing Night Gala
- Atlanta GLBT Film Festival (Out On Film) :: Atlanta, GA :: Centerpiece Gala Screening
- North Carolina Gay And Lesbian Film Festival :: Durham, North Carolina :: Women’s Centerpiece Selection
- Mezipatra Film Festival :: Brno and Prague, Czech Republic
- ION International Film Festival :: Querataro, Mexico
- Perlen (Queer Film Festival Hannover) :: Hannover, Germany
- Eau Queer Film Festival :: Eau Claire, WI
- Queer Film Festival Bremen :: Bremen, Germany
- Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival :: Fresno, CA
- Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival :: Austin, TX
- Fabulous Independent Film Festival :: Sarasota, FL
- Nickelodean Theater :: Columbia, SC
- The Art Theater :: Champaign, IL
- FilmOut San Diego :: San Diego, CA
- Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage :: Freiburg, Germany
- Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival :: San Francisco, CA
- Reel Affirmations’ RA Xtra :: Washington, D.C.
- Connecticut G&L Film Festival :: Connecticut
- Cannes Independent Film Festival :: Cannes
- Outtakes Reel Queer Film Festival :: Auckland, New Zealand
- Inside Out – Toronto LGBT Film Festival :: Toronto, Canada
- Marché Du Film: Festival De Cannes :: Cannes, France
- Torino GLBT Film Festival :: Torino (Turin), Italy
- Brisbane Queer Film Festival :: Brisbane, Australia
- QFest St. Louis :: St. Louis, MO
- Melbourne Queer Film Festival :: Melbourne, Australia
- Out At The Movies :: Potsdam, NY
- Mardi Gras Film Festival :: Sydney, Australia
- Tel Quels Brussels FGLB Film Festival :: Brussels, Belgium
- Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival :: Hong Kong
- YESfest!:: Columbus, IN
- St. Louis International Film Festival :: St. Louis, MO
- Reeling Film Festival :: Chicago, IL
- Starz Denver Film Festival :: Denver, CO
- Alexandria Film Festival :: Washington, D.C.
- Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival :: Seattle, WA
- Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival :: Tampa, FL
- Image Out :: Rochester, NY
- Your Normal LGBT Film Festival :: Normal, IL
- The King Head Film Festival :: Champaign, IL
- Kahbang Music And Film Festival :: Bangor, ME
- QFest :: Philadelphia, PA
- Outfest:: Los Angeles, CA
- Newfest :: New York, NY
- Miami Gay And Lesbian Film Festival :: Miami, FL
- Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival :: Honolulu, HI
In 2007, Shatterglass Studios produced the award winning short film Sugar. The film is about a waiter, just your average Joe, becomes so infatuated with his mysteriously beautiful customer, Jane, that he cannot focus to do his job correctly. Upon her request for sugar in her coffee, his imagination creates elaborate fantasies about a life with her including romantic walks in the park, a marriage proposal, wedding, etc. Lapsing in and out of reality and fantasy, comedy ensues on all fronts. In the end, though, was it ALL just in his head?
Since that time, Sugar has been an official selection in over 15 film festivals and won such awards as “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing”, “Best Short Film” and “The Grand Jury Prize”. The film has been viewed over 25,000 times on Youtube (and other sites) and has been seen in festivals around the world and has appeared on the front page of Funny or Die.
- Midwest International Film Festival :: Chicago, IL :: Winner: Best Cinematography
- Omaha Film Festival :: Omaha, NE :: Winner : Grand Jury Prize
- Lone Star International Film Festival :: Fort Worth, TX :: Winner: Special Jury Prize
- Bend Film Festival :: Bend, OR :: Winner: Best Short Film
- Cinema St. Louis Showcase :: St. Louis, MO :: Winner: Best Editing
- Austin Film Festival :: Austin, TX
- Chicago International Film Festival :: Chicago, IL
- St. Louis International Film Festival :: St. Louis, MO
- New York International Film Festival :: New York, NY
- Route 66 Film Festival :: Springfield, IL
- Nashville Film Festival :: Nashville, TN
- Heart of Gold Film Festival :: Qympia, Australia
- Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival :: Birmingham, AL
- Feel Good Film Festival :: Los Angeles, CA
- Next Gen Film Festival :: Los Angeles, CA