Matthew Cooke, originally from Chicago and New York, is a 1996 graduate from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, with a degree in Film.
After graduation, Cooke and two partners received funding from AOL, Time-Warner to create the search engine Rampt.com for Time-Warner’s RoadRunner network. For his role as Executive Creative Director, Cooke received a “Best of the Web” Design Award from Print Magazine and later a “Webby”.
In 2006 Cooke served as the Producer and Editor of “Deliver Us from Evil” — the true story of a Catholic priest convicted of child molestation. This film won numerous awards, made over 100 critics “best of” lists and earned the 2007 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Cooke, working with Adrian Grenier, Produced 2008′s “Teenage Paparazzo”, an HBO release that premiered at Sundance in 2010 and featured Matt Damon, Whoopie Goldberg, Alec Baldwin and many more.
In 2013 Tribeca Film released “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” written, directed and narrated by Cooke — produced by Adrian Grenier and Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Productions and features Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, Eminem, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons and many more. Truly a passion project Cooke also served as cinematographer, editor, designed the bulk of the motion graphics and sound effects, hand painted the interview backdrops and composed two pieces for the soundtrack. The film received critical acclaim and opened as the #1 docu download on iTunes and Amazon.