Over 100 million views on facebook since 2015.
Cooke's first documentary as producer + editor was DELIVER US FROM EVIL directed by Amy Berg. It was Oscar Nominated, made over 100 critics "best of" lists and is one of Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Best Reviewed Films of all Time.
Cooke’s writing + directorial debut HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS (Eminem, 50 Cent) won the International Documentary Association "Best Writing Award" and the Audience Award at every festival it screened.
Recent fiction work has been optioned by Amazon Studios and X-Men / Logan producers.
Cooke just finished directing SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON (Danny Trejo, Deepak Chopra, Patricia Arquette, Danny Glover, Ice T, RZA, Busta Rhymes, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Russell Simmons, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Macklemore, Quincy Jones, Q-Tip, Warren G, Chuck D (Public Enemy), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Jesse Williams and more...
Currently in pre-production on his fiction filmmaking debut SABOTAGE ~ A LOVE STORY with Academy Award Nominated and BAFTA Winning producer Orian Williams (Control, England is Mine)
In 1999 Cooke and partners raised 7 million dollars from AOL / Time-Warner and Intel to build the first broadband search engine for fast internet users.
As Executive Creative Director, Cooke's team earned a Webby for Best Website and Best of the Web Award from PRINT Magazine. His system of organizing media was patented and their website was the first simple single-field search engine on the web before Google popularized that format.
And in 2000, Cooke taught as Professor of Creative Directing at Otis College of Art & Design
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".
Filmmaker Matthew Cooke’s social justice and advocacy commentaries have been viewed 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 got his start in non fiction producing and editing DELIVER US FROM EVIL which 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.
In 2014 Cooke and Emmy Award Winning Producer Steve DeVore began the documentary 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.
In fiction, Cooke got his start acting and directing short films and comedy sketches for FUEL TV while doing web and graphic design work earning a Webby and a “Best of the Web” for Creative Directing from Print Magazine.
In 2007 Cooke wrote the screenplay sequel to THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN which was assigned to A-list agents at ICM.
In 2015 Cooke began developing the science fiction feature RAPID EYE MOVEMENT.
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.