GARRETT BENNETT Director Writer Producer
Garrett’s latest film SHUFFLE recently completed a long festival circuit playing around the world, from Singapore to Manhattan, Toronto, Rome and more. SHUFFLE received numerous awards including BEST THRILLER at the Canadian Film Festival and BEST DIRECTOR at the American International Festival.
Prior to SHUFFLE Garrett directed the Feature Film - THE SPY AND THE SPARROW that gathered critical praise from HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’S lead Film Critic Stephen Farber calling it… “An engrossing, superbly acted movie!” The film was picked up by MARA VISTA and WARNER BROTHERS Home Video for World Wide Distribution.
Before THE SPY AND THE SPARROW Garrett’s feature film A RELATIVE THING walked away with the Audience Award for BEST FILM at the Sedona International Film Festival and received the Best Ensemble Performance Award at the Phoenix Film Festival. The film was nominated for the New American Cinema Awards at the Seattle International Film Festival and is currently being distributed in the BEST OF THE FEST package Internationally.
Garrett’s first feature FAREWELL TO HARRY took the BEST FILM Award at Worldfest Houston and earned Garrett a nomination for an INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD (“Someone to Watch” category).
Garrett graduated from The American film Institute as one of the top Directors in a notable class of writers & directors -- including Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) Mark Waters (Mr. Popper's Penguins, Mean Girls, Spiderwick Chronicles) Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) to name a few. While at AFI Garrett was honored as Best Director by the Hollywood Foreign Press for END OF THE ICON, his featurette starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts.
Garrett began his career in commercials as an assistant to the renowned commercial director Larry Hutson. While working in commercials he simultaneously focused on establishing Seattle Annex Theatre, where he wrote and directed numerous productions.
Today Garrett’s primary focus continues to be directing long form content, feature films and television, but continues to direct commercials for the challenge of story telling in the short form.
Garrett is in development on his next feature film which is a THRILLER trilogy.
His film SHUFFLE can be viewed here on Vimeo with this link vimeo.com/84261856