Matthew Cooke

Selected Work

The formative years were split between Chicago, NYC and DC — studying acting, music and graphic design: making fake IDs. Unsatisfied with a life of crime, Cooke graduated from Pitzer College (1996) with a B.A. in Film, magna cum laude.

In 1999, Cooke and two partners raised 7 million dollars from AOL, Time-Warner and Intel to build the first and only patented broadband search engine, for Time-Warner’s RoadRunner network. As Executive Creative Director, Cooke earned the “Best of the Web” Design Award from Print Magazine.  In 2000, Cooke taught as Professor of Creative Directing at Otis College of Art & Design. And for the next decade would design, art direct, edit and animate as a freelancer.

In the summer of 2005, Cooke wrote the screenplay FALCON, the true story sequel to the cult hit “The Falcon and the Snowman” for which ICM offered to both package the film and represent Cooke as a writer / director.  In 2006 Cooke produced and edited his first feature film. Deliver Us from Evil (an expose of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church) won numerous awards and made over forty critics’ 2006 “best of” lists. In 2007 the film received the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

In 2007 Cooke worked as a writer/director/actor for Fuel TV’s variety show, StupidFace. Cooke’s sketches guest starred a variety of recognizable cast members from Mr. Show, the Sarah Silverman program, Arrested Development, the Drew Carey show, and more.  In 2008 Cooke partnered with Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage) to produce “Teenage Paparazzo, featuring Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie ODonnell, Lewis Black and many others. The film premiered at Sundance in 2010 and was released on HBO.

In 2011 Cooke partnered with Emmy Award Winning Producer Steve Devore and launched Saturday Entertainment, a traditional and trans-media production company.  In 2012, Cooke completed post production as the Writer-Director of: How to Make Money Selling Drugs – a documentary about US policy of drug prohibition. Produced with Adrian Grenier and Robin Garvick.  The film is being theatrically distributed by Tribeca Films in 2013.

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