Cooper Raiff is a filmmaker from Dallas, Texas. He studied at Occidental College before dropping out to pursue a career in filmmaking.
In his sophomore year of college, he shot a 55-minute film, Madeline & Cooper (2018), and posted it on YouTube. This garnered the attention of producer Jay Duplass, who mentored Raiff as he turned his YouTube film into a feature. Madeline & Cooper was soon reworked into Raiff’s first feature length film, Shithouse (2020). In both films, he played the semi-autobiographical lead role as an isolated film student hopelessly in love with a fellow student. For the film he won the SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature.
In 2019 he appeared on seven episodes of the web series I Would Have Kissed You as Jimmy. For the role, he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in a Dramedy by the British Web Awards in 2020.
He was writing the script for Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022) when pitching it to Dakota Johnson and her team. Assuming the script was finished, the actress reached out to read the script, forcing Cooper to complete the script in just one week. His second feature was awarded the Palm Springs International Film Festival award for Directors to Watch and is now available on Apple TV+.
He is currently co-developing a series based on the Naoise Dolan novel Exciting Time for Amazon Prime alongside Dolan herself and is also working on the film The Trashers, starring David Harbour, which Cooper has written and will direct. \
Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)
Madeline & Cooper (2018)