Drea Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director. In 2009 he teamed up with photographer Zackary Canepari to produce the short film series “CALIFORNIA IS A PLACE” which premiered at Sundance and racked up over 10 million views online.

The success of the California series landed them on Filmmaker Magazine’s “Top 25 New Filmmakers to Watch List” and led them to Flint, Michigan where they made their first feature doc, T-REX about teenage boxing phenom and Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. The film premiered at SXSW and went on to win audience and jury awards around the country before premiering on Independent Lens in 2015.

He’s part of the directing and producing team behind the Netflix series FLINT TOWN, which opened to critical acclaim receiving award nominations from IDA, CRITICS’ CHOICE, and CINEMA EYE HONORS. The series takes an unflinching look at a struggling city through the eyes of the police and community. Forbes magazine called it “One of Netflix’s best documentary offerings to date.”

Drea’s latest film, FIRE IN PARADISE, tells the harrowing survival stories from the devastating Camp Fire. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was awarded both an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow award and was shortlisted for an Academy Award.