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User Image mikecooketv Posted: Nov 10, 2017 7:28 PM (UTC)
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Sunny Li is missing a rib and has shrapnel in his body that he can still feel today. But if you ask him about these things, he’ll tell you that there is no scenario that has made him broken - these things have only made him stronger.  2017 has definitely been the year of giving back. I’ve found myself on more and more shoots that reflect the humanity of the world. Brands seeking out real people, and trying to be conscious of what message they’re putting out there. I DPed this short social spot as part of @hickeyfreeman #Herosandleaders campaign. Hickyfreeman partners with other NGO’s in the veteran’s community to help prepare returning veterans for their next chapter and professional careers at home. This Veterans Day take a moment to stop and honor the brave men & women who have sacrificed so much for the well being of this country. Cc: @kworq @raenbadua #veteransday #cinematographer #r3d #redhelium #antonbauer #directorofphotography #teradek #citibank
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Nov 2, 2017 11:27 PM (UTC)
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Tomorrow its on. Black girl magic my y’all. I’m teaming up again with the always creative, super righteous, @sewragee. 2 years ago was our first time out with #proclamationpunctuation I DPed this fashion film for her and its currently chewing its way through festivals racking up awards. Naturally we had to do it again, and this project promises to be a monster. Excited for the day. Round 2 lets go. @ayojaneen #Cinematographer #r3d #8k #anamorphic #angenieux #blackfashion #blackgirlsrock #womeninfilm #blackfilm
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Oct 27, 2017 10:15 PM (UTC)
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Tomorrow beings prelight on the last scene of @blacren sci fi epic @reupfilm . We’re gonna be lighting fight scenes and redemption as I’ve come to label this section of the script. It’s been an honor to DP this film over the summer and its great to see this victory take hold. This is a still frame from a scene we previously shot in June as a tactical team moves in on its target. Full film coming soon. Shall we not revenge? #cinematographer #c100 #ziess #blackactors #pocinfilm #womeninfilm #blackdirector #blackcinematographer #pewpew #pocketdump #2a @nubiamancy @onyxcon
Last year myself and a bunch of dedicated filmmakers got together to tell a love story. Love By Chance is about two aspiring actors from South Africa, who meet by chance in Atlanta as they both try to crack into Hollywood. What we make and what we create tells a lot about how we want to see the world. Everyone on this set wanted to see a world full of love, life, hilarity, and triumph & this film embodies that to the max. I was blessed to lend my talents as cinematographer on this project to bring @samaddavis vision to life. Its been inspiring to watch this feature weave its way through the world. It screens today in Atlanta at The Urban Media Film Festival. If you’re in downtown Atlanta go check it out, you won’t be disappointed. @iseeblackpeople #umff #atlanta #southafrica #blackfilmmaker #womeninfilm #cinematographer #director #r3d #ziess
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Aug 15, 2017 11:29 PM (UTC)
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During this racially charged time in our country I ask that everyone take stock on whats important. Life, love, and the pursuit of happiness mean more today than they ever have. We have progressed far as a country, but sadly there is still a long way to go. I present to you this film as a message of love and understanding. Its my hope that you all will view this little short that could, and look at race in a more abstract way. Realize the struggle of those who came before us, and strive to not make the same mistakes. #@attfilm is now available for video and digital streaming. Click the link in my bio to watch on our website. Blessings to each and every one of you .

#acrossthetracks #vod #streaming #oscar #academyaward #amaa #ceaser #blackfilm #womeninfilm #poc #filmmaker #blackdirector #r3d #cinematographer #hbo #race #relations #blacklivesmatter #altright #altleft
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Aug 10, 2017 7:14 PM (UTC)
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@attfilm is finally coming home. Keep a look out. Only 5 days till some streaming, VOD goodness. *******
Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia, but one is born with fair skin. And when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny - by passing for white.
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#acrossthetracks #vod #streaming #oscar #academyaward #amaa #ceaser #blackfilm #womeninfilm #poc #filmmaker #blackdirector #r3d #cinematographer #hhff17 #blackstar2017 #bsff17 #abf17 #hbo
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:02 PM (UTC)
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Hey y'all @lovebychancemovie2017 is in theaters today! If you're in #newjersey or #atlanta make sure you go out and support indie films. I was blessed to be #cinematographer on this little film with a lot of heart. Congratulations to all the cast and crew on coming this far. Time to pop bottles. @lilzanesworld @samaddavis @iamsam775 @iamcristinadavis @eroger4real @errolsadler @altovise_l @iamdesibanks @atlantawoodmua @atandwakani #indie #featurefilm #southafrica #georgia
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Jul 17, 2017 6:15 PM (UTC)
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Well the news is out. I spent the past week workshopping my next feature film script with New York Stage and Film at Vassar college. It was an awe inspiring experience. I was surrounded by 8 other talented filmmakers and a slew of actors and mentors whose number 1 goal was to make your project its best version of itself. Cheers to the future, many blessings to you creative giants. I'll see you all on the red carpet. #director #screenwriter #poc #blackfilmmakers
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Jun 27, 2017 10:36 PM (UTC)
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Some fun work with @suavebeauty. Its reassuring to work with a large brand that gets the social nuances of its product. It means they’re listening and they hear what their consumers are saying. @carrotcreative came with an amazing campaign to get #millennials to “look beyond the label” when it comes to hair care products. I was able to lend my photography skills to this special campaign. Thank you to @beautybrainsandstyle @tomimito & @sgstyleme for being aces in front of the lens. And the grandmaster @cee_street1 for trusting me with the vision . There is a full writeup on the experience on my blog here: Be blessed ya’ll
#beauty #style #commercial #haircare #model #poc #filmmaker #photographer #SuaveBeliever #blessed
@city_laundry @chicmystyles
User Image mikecooketv Posted: Jun 16, 2017 1:14 PM (UTC)
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Thank you to the Academy. Last year around this time I accepted the Oscar at the Academy Awards In Africa. This year France recognized that achievement and awarded @attfilm a place in the Les Nuits En Or Panorama This award is made possible by France's Academy of Cinema. I'm all out of thanks y'all. These blessings keep rolling in for this film and touching people's hearts from around the world. I'm sick with goosebumps for the road that lies ahead. The future is bright.
#film #festival #academy #awards #oscars #minority #film #acrossthetracks #cesar2017 #ceasarawards #frenchacademyofcinema #france #rome #greece #director #r3d #lesnuitsenor2017
User Image mikecooketv Posted: May 24, 2017 8:09 PM (UTC)
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WE'RE GOING TO FRANCE YALL! The French Academy of Cinema (France’s Oscar Equivalent) is hosting our film in June as part of its Panorama Nuits En Or screening series. We’ll be traveling with other Academy Award winning Directors from around the world as we tour our films through Europe making stops in Paris, Athens, & Greece.
The international response to this film just keeps flooring me. Especially during a time of so much change in the world. I could list the numerous social, economic, and political changes that are shaping the decades to come, but the truth is everything is a cause of the other. Like it or not the human race will have to hurdle this generational strife, and by the grace of god and humanity we will weather the storm. During these times we take stock and figure out whats important. What lessons have we learned? Which lessons are we still learning? And when we move forward which truths do we want to carry with us? Across the Tracks is a story that people are carrying with them. Our film is about a time of American history where the color of your skin dictated your place in life. Its a lesson we’ve learned, we’ve been down this road before, and we’d do well not to travel down that path again. To everyone involved your hard work has touched the hearts of thousands, and impressed enough people to receive some of the highest marks a short film can hope to achieve. Take a bow, you all deserve it I’ll see you in France and toast to your greatness. @kwullschleger @erbere @tallywacker @annajbearman @lwisehairmarvel @rozevreese @theisabellaway @thatnomadchic @errolsadler @berkeleyclayborne @thursdaygirls @carla_mccullough @eroger4real
#film #festival #academy #awards #oscars #minority #film #acrossthetracks #academyofcaesar #caesarawards #frenchacademyofcinema #france #rome #greece #director #r3d @academiedescesar
User Image mikecooketv Posted: May 22, 2017 9:56 PM (UTC)
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User Image mikecooketv Posted: May 21, 2017 4:08 PM (UTC)
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Not to long ago @carolyncarter got some inside tips and guidance from the fabulous @lucelaniasierra on her road to Miss Universe. Seeing Lu mix it up again at Miss USA this past week just makes our time together all the more special. Happy Sunday y'all #FBF #roadtomissuniverse #roadtousa #director #dp #cinematographer #c300
User Image mikecooketv Posted: May 11, 2017 3:30 PM (UTC)
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Missing the "silly photo" cue by a mile, Pay attention Cooke. Always Keeping it classy w/ @sewragee @namakula_mu & @ayojaneen at #proclamationpunctuation screening at Harlem International Film Festival #fashion #film #director #cinematographer #
User Image mikecooketv Posted: May 1, 2017 3:06 PM (UTC)
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Blessed to have have my cousin @chef_bigslimskinny in town this weekend for his 1st NYC visit. I showed him the touristy highlights, & he had me eating like a king. The benefits of having a chef in the family. #food #chef #newyork #bigslimeats #cheflife #foodblog #atlanta