Producers Program alum Cooper Directs First Film
Alum Kevin Cooper '05 has directed his first movie, "I Heart Shakey." The film, which comes out June 29th, is billed as the first live-action, independent family comedy in 3-D.Though Cooper studied in the Producers Program at TFT, he considers his background and training as a producer to have significantly helped him as a director.
Kevin Cooper on his film:
"I Heart Shakey" is a low budget feature film that we produced in Chicago with a target audience of 6-12 year old girls and their parents. Despite our limited funds, we focused on story, high production values, even shot in state-of-the-art 3D and collaborated with some of really cool actors. The film stars Steve Lemme (a comedian from the popular comedy troupe Broken Lizard who did "Super Troopers," "Beerfest"), 12-year-old phenom Rylie Behr, a rescue-dog named Ebony, Steve Guttenberg ("Police Academy" franchise), Beverly D’Angelo ("Entourage," "National Lampoon’s Vacation"), Alfonso Arau (who played the classic comic role “El Guapo” in "Three Amigos"), and a host of Chicago-based actors like Second City’s Andy St. Claire and Jefferson Award winner Janet Ulrich-Brooks.
The film was acquired by Phase 4 (North American rights) and Spotlight Pictures (internationally). It will be released in select theaters on June 29th and VOD (flipping the sequencing of release windows), and on DVD in August.