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Join Matthew Cooke, Adrian Grenier, & Deepak Chopra For The Film That Will Help to Change the Inhumane Us Prison System

17 August 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

“From Everything I’ve seen and learned, prison is not about helping people reform or rehabilitate, or learn to read, or get a job. It’s not about reconciliation or healing the victims of crime. It’s not about public safety, and it’s not about the wellbeing of our communities. It’s about two things: our worst instinct to revenge and the worship of money.”

Award winning Producer, Director & Human Rights Activist Matthew Cooke is using the power of crowd funding via Indiegogo to finish his film Survivor’S Guide To Prison, an exposé on the barbaric acts of the Us Prison system that holds 25% of the world’s prison population.

The film’s Executive Producers include Adrian Grenier and Susan Sarandon, and features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons, Author of The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and Brandon Boyd, the singer of Incubus.

His chilling exploration dives deep into the criminally abusive & socially unjust realities of incarceration through the perspectives of two prisoners who were convicted of crimes they did not commit. This is an all too common story in the Us where the Innocence Project estimates there could easily be anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 people in Us prisons that haven’t committed a crime. 

Your support of the film’s Indiegogo campaign will help to do more than just finish a film. It will help to give a loud roar to a nearly silent movement to end human rights abuses of an unfathomable scale.  

Watch Cooke’s gripping and poignant call to action, and learn more about the chilling facts below:

The Us has the largest prison population on the planet, larger than China.

1/3 of all women prisoners in the world are in Us prisons.

If you’re an American, you’re more likely to go to prison here than anyone else in the entire world.

More Black men are in prison now, than the total enslaved in 1850.

The USA Has More Prisons Than Colleges And Universities. 

More About Matthew Cooke

In 2013 Cooke released his directorial debut How To Make Money Selling Drugs which he also wrote, narrated, shot, edited and art directed. Drugs was produced by Bert Marcus Productions and Adrian Grenier featuring Eminem, 50 Cent, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and others. Drugs was bought and distributed by Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film where it debuted at #1 on iTunes and Amazon. Drugs won the audience award at the Champs-Elysees and Newport Film Festivals and the Best Writing Award from the International Documentary Association.

In 2007 Cooke produced and edited his first feature film. Deliver Us From Evil, written + directed by Amy Berg, was honored with the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary film, made over 100 critics "best of" lists and Rotten Tomatoes top 100 best reviewed films of all time.  »

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‘Survivor’s Guide to Prison’ Seeking Crowdfunding, Backed by Susan Sarandon

12 August 2015 6:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer-director Matthew Cooke has launched an Indiegogo campaign to complete production of the documentary “The Survivor’s Guide to Prison.”

The film is based on the lives of former inmates Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole, both who were wrongly convicted.

“We have the largest prison population not because Americans are the world’s most evil, criminal people,” Cooke said on the crowdfunding site. “It’s because we have extreme drugs laws and sentence lengths, the longest lockups Before trial, and an enormous number of illegal things you can do to get you in jail.”

Adrian Grenier and Susan Sarandon are executive producing. Sarandon won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of prison reformer Sister Helen Prejean in “Dead Man Walking.”

Cooke has worked on several documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated “Deliver Us From Evil” with Amy Berg, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” and HBO’s “Teenage Paparazzo” with Grenier. »

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Maggie Grace Is Engaged!

18 February 2015 10:45 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Congrats to Maggie Grace!

The Taken star announced her engagement to How to Make Money Selling Drugs director Matthew Cooke by posting romantic pics to Instagram on Wednesday.

Watch: How Maggie Grace Got 'Lost' in 'Californication'

"Matthew Cooke and I are so excited to share our engagement with you guys!" Grace wrote. "I could not feel more grateful to share my life with this incredible man."

The 31-year-old actress -- who's also been on such shows as Lost, Californication and The League --  and her husband-to-be had a photographer friend snap some fancy shots of the couple pics, as they were all dressed up for a Global Green event.

"Since we've got the photo thing covered should we just elope?!" Grace teased.

Watch: Kimye, Clooney and Brangelina: The Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2014

Grace was once romantically linked to her Lost co-star Ian Somerhalder -- who played her brother on the show -- and admits that the two »

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