Troy Hale

Troy Hale

Professor of Practice/Senior Specialist/Documentary Filmmaker

  • Journalism


Troy is a 32-time Emmy Award winner and has been nominated over 65 times for his work as a documentary filmmaker, and television journalist.

Troy worked as a Filmmaker, Director, Writer, Reporter, Host, Investigative Journalist, Photojournalist, Editor, Radio DJ, Lighting Designer, Audio operator, Live Truck Operator, Drummer, Guitarist........

Troy has covered hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, presidential elections, the MTV Video Music Awards, Tyson/Lewis fight, the Big Ten, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS and anything else with an abbreviation. Along the way he has picked up an Edward R. Murrow award, a CINE Golden Eagle, an Addy, 11 Tellys, two Associated Press awards, three National and 10 regional NPPA awards, a Sweden film award and many others.

Distributed Documentary Films:

Troy has created around 15 Documentary films.  The 2 more recent feature films received international distribution. 

"Sh*t Saves the World" is distributed in the USA through Gravitas Ventures, in the UK/Ireland through Koch Films/Koch Media, UniversCine in France, NowTV in Hong Kong, Proview in Japan, and also has distribution in Taiwan.

"Fart: A Documentary" received distribution through Vision Films.  The film is available in the USA, Finland, France and a few other countries.   

You can find both films on Amazon, iTunes, Apple TV, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft, VIMEO on-demand, YouTube and many others.  

Film Festivals:

Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Amsterdam World International Film Festival, Euro Film Festival Geneva, 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest, Seoul Eco Film Festival, CinemAmbiente - Environmental Film Festival – Torino Italy, International OCEAN FILM TOUR Munich, Germany, Twin Cities Film Festival (Minneapolis), Cinema Verde International Environmental Film Festival (Florida), First Coast Film Festival (Jacksonville), Cannes International Independent Film Festival, Social World Film Festival, Untied Film Festival Los Angeles, The Chicago United Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival, Flint Film Festival, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival (7 Remi Awards), Sweden Film Award, Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Grand Rapids Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, St. Louis Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Hollywood Florida Film Festival.    Winner Best Feature – The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, Nominated: Best Cinematography – The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, Nominated: Best Genre Film – The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, Nominated - Best Documentary - US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Awards, Nominated - Best Director - US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Awards , Nominated - Best Editing - US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Awards, Nominated - Best Cinematography - US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Awards Nominated – Best Documentary – US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Awards

Member: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Broadcast Education Association, Michigan Creative Film Alliance, Investigative Reporters and Editor     

Troy is known through the industry as a creative visual storyteller and a perfectionist. Troy is the Director, Editor and Cinematographer for his own company Troy Hale Films.

Troy serves as a Judge for regional Emmy awards all over the USA, as well as other major awards.



Director - Spartan Newsroom

Faculty Advisor - MSU TV


Research and Teaching




S--- Saves the World’ documentary by Michigan State prof explores global impact of waste

MSU Professor’s Documentary Takes a Humorous look at Poop all over the World

MSU Professor’s Documentary Takes a Humorous Look at Poop


MSU Professor nominated for awards after traveling the country

Professor Sets a Course for the Open Road, Teaching Virtually Across the U.S.

“Fart: A Documentary” clears the air about flatulence

Missing Moon Rocks Documentary:

MSU filmmaker's latest project: Farts

MSU Students Launch Balloon 150K Feet

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd., Room 277
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University