Hey, I'm Michael!

New York, New York

Michael got his start in the ever-changing environment of Television and Music videos while living in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he fell in love with moving pictures and since then spends most of his waking moments with a camera to his eye. Currently, as a Director and Cinematographer, Michael’s work has taken him across the country and around the world to work. His directorial debut, Across the Tracks, has won multiple awards, including an African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Short Film & Best Short Film at UK's Music Video and Screen Awards. He was recently added to the director roster for House of Narrative, a New York-based content production studio owned by producer Will Packer

My Projects

My Films

Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia, but one is born with fair skin. How far would you go to feel like you belong?

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Across the Tracks

2017

 • Film Short

by Michael Cooke

Projects I'm Supporting

Sister Una Lived a Good Death

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Follow Sister Úna through the last nine months of her life, as she checks things off of her bucket list and teaches us how to live and die.

107%

This project got the green light!

Fugitive Zero - Action/Thriller Short Film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Action, Thriller

An escaped convict discovers he's taking part in a live simulation where every moral decision determines his eligibility for parole.

86%

This project got the green light!

Sideways Smile

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

A comedy series about an Asian American woman who enrolls in a class with strangers to learn how to have an orgasm.

98%

This project got the green light!

Freeman Hospitality

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Sci-Fi, Thriller

In 2055 a black family-run security firm escorts a foreign journalist into the badlands of South Georgia to interview a local tyrant

131%

This project got the green light!

Los Aliens

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Sci-Fi

A migrant family attempts a desert crossing. Border Patrol moves in. An alien intervenes.

80%

This project got the green light!

Afro

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Teen, Shorts Program

After multiple encounters with her bully and a little academic inspiration, an African-American teen girl finally stands up for herself agai

80%

This project got the green light!

The Alternate

Oakland, California Film Feature
Sci-Fi, Thriller

Upon unlocking a portal to an alternate dimension where his dreams have come true, struggling filmmaker Jake must confront his ideal self.

85%

This project got the green light!

Wild HR

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A transgender employee visits human resources and is mistaken for cisgender by a bigoted coworker; hilarity ensues.

110%

This project got the green light!

The Pushouts

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Documentary

THE PUSHOUTS is the story of Victor Rios’ evolution from school pushout to UC professor and thought leader on the school-to-prison pipeline.

91%

This project got the green light!

Stage V

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

A young woman finally attends a bereavement group after losing her father to cancer.

85%

This project got the green light!

Nia On Vacation

Patras, Greece Film Feature
Drama, Comedy

Escape is relative.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sylphvania Grove

New York City, New York Film Short
Adventure, Fantasy

A troubled girl follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastical forms.

210%

This project got the green light!

Distance

Los Angeles, California Series
Romantic Comedy

a long distance love story told from two perspectives - HIS (directed by a fella) and HERS (directed by a lady)

100%

This project got the green light!

Futureboy

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

Billy comes from the future to stop himself from inventing time travel. Nope. Now to convince a judge, his wife, and himself he's not crazy.

94%

This project got the green light!

Changa and the Jade Obelisk

Santa Monica, California Series
Animation

An African Game of Thrones meets Harryhausen Sinbad

85%

This project got the green light!

Brazilian Wood

Phoenix, Arizona Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

One man's relentless pursuit of justice collides with another man's bizarre course of revenge.

100%

This project got the green light!

Across The Tracks

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Family

In 1960s GA, a young mixed girl decides to pass for white, a choice that follows her for many years.

102%

This project got the green light!

Policy of Truth

United States Film Short
Drama

Dwight, must travel home to his father, Walter, who is facing early-onset Alzheimer's.

106%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

Little Cabbage

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Thriller

An eccentric composer in the 1950's is given a magical instrument that distorts her relationships.

106%

This project got the green light!

Take A Leap: South Africa

Columbia, South Carolina Film Short
Other

Take A Leap web series chronicles Black American expats that live abroad.

82%

This project got the green light!

Directed by Women

United States
Global Celebration

Inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films.

88%

This project got the green light!

CongestedCat Shorts

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Character-driven, stereotype breaking short films about loss from the creators of 'Kelsey.'

120%

This project got the green light!

There is a New World Somewhere

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A troubled woman is seduced by a stranger who takes her on a road trip through America's deep south.

27%

This project got the green light!

Time Signature

Brooklyn, New York Film Short
Sci-Fi

Danielle meets her favorite guitarist, Astra, who reveals that she is a time-traveler.

100%

This project got the green light!

In Honor Of

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

A woman comes home to a family gathering only to discover that she has walked into her own execution

114%

This project got the green light!

Rez

New York, United States Film Short
Drama

An Ojibwe boy searches for a safe place for he and his young sister on the Leech Lake reservation.

118%

This project got the green light!

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