Kevin Cooper - Columbia College Chicago

Kevin Cooper

Associate Professor


Kevin CooperDirector-ProducerBiography Kevin Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, TV Producer, media-maker and Principal/Founding Member of Amarok Productions, a production company co-located in L.A. and Chicago.  In August 2017, Kevin and DeAnna Cooper produced the pilot for the TV Show “Vendors,” directed by former Second City star Joel Murray, starring Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live), comic Emo Phillips and Erik Stolhanske (from Broken Lizard Comedy Troop, which made Super Troopers and Beerfest).  Amarok’s next feature film Miss Arizona starring Steve Guttenberg, Missi Pyle, Dale Dickey, Johanna Braddy, Robin Lively and Kyle Howard was released in 2018.  Kevin will be directing a feature film called Sura, and producing award-winner John Mossman's film Good Guy with a Gun.   Kevin is a partner in Elston Films with restaurateur and TV host Billy Dec in a company called Elston Films, which is currently producing film and TV, including a Blacklist script called Bury the Lead directed by Emmy award winning TV director Anthony Hemmingway.  Last year, Kevin directed an award-winning ‘hype video’ for the world-renowned Emergency Department Residency Program at U.I.C.       Kevin wrote and directed The Painter starring Ron Caldwell (appeared in Flight with Denzel Washington), which is a fictional story about how the epidemic levels of violence in Chicago desensitize youth in high-risk neighborhoods. The Painter won the Illinois Film Office’s top prize: “ShortCuts Film Contest” and screened at the Chicago International Film Festival.  It also screened at Academy Award qualifying festivals L.A.Shorts, NYC’s UrbanWorld Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Athens Film Festivals and San Marino International Film Festival.  In 2013, Amarok Productions produced the Chicago-based film entitled Precious Mettle, which stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas).   Kevin directed the feature film I Heart Shakey written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Sharktale) starring Steve Lemme (Super Troopers), Steve Guttenberg (Diner, Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby), Beverly D’Angelo (Vacation movies) and Alfonso Arau (acclaimed director of Like Water for Chocolate and actor in Three Amigos). Prior to starting the upstart Chicago-based production company, Kevin ran James Cameron’s Digital Domain in Los Angeles for six years, where he developed feature projects, such as Secondhand Lions that starred Robert Duvall and Michael Caine.  Kevin was introduced to Digital Domain while employed as a creative executive at Twentieth Century Fox overseeing Fox 2000 projects including Men of Honor starring Robert DeNiro & Cuba Gooding Jr., directed by George Tillman (production), Fight Club directed by David Fincher (post-production), Lake Placid (post-production), and Thin Red Line by Terry Mallick.   Kevin worked as a creative executive for director Michael Bay on Armageddon.  



B.F.A., Film and Television New York University 1993
M.F.A., Film and Television University of California Los Angeles 2005