Cooke just released his documentary SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON (as writer-director, editor and host) featuring Danny Trejo, Deepak Chopra, Patricia Arquette, Danny Glover, Ice T, RZA, Busta Rhymes, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), B-Real (Cypress Hill), Macklemore, Quincy Jones, Q-Tip, Warren G, Chuck D (Public Enemy), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), and more...
Produced by Steve DeVore, David Arquette, Christina Arquette, Gina Belafonte, Adrian Grenier and Jesse Williams. Executive Produced by Susan Sarandon.
Now available on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon, cable-on-demand and Netflix.
SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON debuted at #1 on Amazon, iTunes, Apple TV. Trending on NETFLIX in the POPULAR and CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED sections. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since 2015 Cooke's social commentary videos on Facebook have been see over 100 million times.
CREATIVE DIRECTING / SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
As the Executive Creative Director of AOL / Time-Warner and Intel's first broadband search engine, Cooke earned a Webby for Best Website and Best of the Web Award from PRINT Magazine.
His system of organizing media was patented and the site was the 1st single-simple, field search engine before Google popularized the format.
Subsequently Cooke taught as Professor of Digital Creative Directing at Otis College of Art & Design.
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In the late 80s / 90s Cooke played drums, bass and guitar in the Chicago music scene with bands like Jest, Nat, Dan & Dave and Angerhaus, members of whom later formed Dillinger Four whose music is featured in his latest documentary "Survivors Guide to Prison".
Today Filmmaker Matthew Cooke’s most known for his social justice and advocacy commentaries — seen over 100 million times on FaceBook — shared and promoted by the ACLU, World Star Hip Hop, Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, Susan Sarandon, Julian Lennon, DL Hughley, Adrian Grenier, RYOT and many more.
In 2016 the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign engaged Cooke to host endorsement videos with Sanders, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, Danny DeVito...
For his social activism Cooke’s been invited to speak at NYU, University of Texas, TEDx in Vienna, and was honored to join Sankofa (Harry Belafonte’s organization of artists for social change). And Larry King regular asks him to guest host his show Politicking.
Cooke began his work as a pioneer in web development in the late 1990s designing some of the first commercial website for Capital Records creating sites for the Beach Boys, Grand Funk Railroad and more.
He and his garage based company partners created the first broadband search engine for AOL/Time-Warner and Intel called Rampt in 1999. The site would go on to win multiple awards including Best of the Web from Print magazine and a Webby. Soon after Cooke taught photoshop and digital creative directing at Otis College of Art & Design.
In 2006 Cooke produced and edited his first feature film: DELIVER US FROM EVIL earned the Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary film, made over 100 critics “best of” lists and is one of Rotten Tomatoes top 100 best reviewed films of all time.
In 2010 Cooke produced and edited the critically acclaimed HBO Documentary TEENAGE PAPARAZZO featuring Adrian Grenier, Matt Damon, Whoopie Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell…
In 2013 Cooke wrote, directed and narrated HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS featuring Eminem, 50 Cent, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and David Simon (creator of HBO’s The Wire).
"DRUGS" was bought and distributed by Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film and shot to #1 on iTunes and Amazon Prime for over 6 weeks. DRUGS was heavily supported by Time / Warner cable on-demand, won the audience awards at every festival it screened and earned the International Documentary Associations “Best Writing Award” for 2013.
Cooke’s credits on DRUGS also include: editor, cinematographer, motion graphics designer and art director.
Throughout the late 2000's Cooke and Emmy Award Winning Producer Steve DeVore made commercial documentaries for WGN which included work on the Manhattan Project, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Secrets of Shay Mountain.
In 2018 Cooke and DeVore completed SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON (executive produced by Susan Sarandon) featuring The Prophets of Rage: Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Chuck D (Public Enemy), B-Real (Cypress Hill), RZA, Q Tip (Tribe Called Quest), Quincy Jones, Patricia Arquette, Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Busta Rhymes, Ice T, Danny Glover, Cynthia Nixon, Warren G and many more. Produced by David and Christina Arquette and Gina Belafonte.
SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON debuted at #1 on Amazon, iTunes, Apple TV. Debuted on NETFLIX as TRENDING in the POPULAR and CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED sections and recieved 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In fiction, Cooke got his start acting and directing short films and comedy sketches for FUEL TV. In 2007 he wrote the screenplay sequel to THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN which was assigned to A-list agents at ICM.
Since then he's written 5 fiction screenplays that are currently in development including RAPID EYE MOVEMENT which was optioned by producers of Logan / Wolverine / X-Men and Amazon Studios.
Most recently Oscar nominated, Bafta winning producer Orian Williams joined Cooke to produce SABOTAGE: A LOVE STORY, and NOTE TO SELF(ish) Cooke’s narrative feature debut as writer-director-actor.