Matthew Cooke, Susan Sarandon and Adrian Grenier Team on Docuseries

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Writer-Director Matthew Cooke has announced a partnership with producers Adrian Grenier and Bryn Mooser to produce a series of documentaries, “The Survivor’s Guide,” highlighting issues facing the U.S. criminal justice and corrections systems.

The first installment, “The Survivor’s Guide to Prison,” will be exec produced by Susan Sarandon and focused on Bruce Lisker, who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

His story is supported by a star-studded cast of academics, artists, musicians and actors who detail how to survive prison as an individual and as a nation, redefine the word “justice,” and look at completely different models of conflict resolution and “wellness creation” that have been proven to work.

“Cooke and I find common ground in creatively tackling complex social issues in ways that play like a summer blockbuster,” Grenier said. “This team wants to see journalism feel like entertainment and then move us into action. That’s where Ryot.org comes in.”

Cooke has worked on several documentaries including “Deliver Us From Evil” with Amy Berg, and previously worked with Grenier on HBO’s “Teenage Paparazzo.”

“As a country that has already enslaved, segregated and lynched black people for hundreds of years, that we should be arresting, caging and executing black men more than any other race is unconscionable,” Cooke said. “The election of a black president does not negate what’s happening to ordinary citizens. While African Americans are disproportionately victimized, they’re not alone. When California police beat two white homeless men to death within months, and militarized SWAT teams regularly storm family homes of all colors for small amounts of marijuana, we see the violence rife within our law enforcement community affecting all disenfranchised Americans and turning us against each other.”

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  1. Susan Anderson says:

    I recommend an inspiring book by a man who survived solitary confinement as a prisoner of war during WWII. It is called ” The Ultimate Freedom” by John H.Wyndham. He taught himself to “control thought” and that led eventually to his freedom. Granted, this is not a prison situation, but how he dealt with his challenges is truly inspiring.

  2. Please ask Matthew Cooke to contact me about an explosive subject matter concerning an individual who has been incarcerated for over thirty years, who is innocent, his life story is everything and much more that Jesse V. speaks of, – dynamic true material for one of M.C.’s film documentaries that could become award winning…

  3. Raymond Madden says:

    Our police departments are comprised of mostly people that have served in our military. The military does not teach “protect and serve” but rather kill and destroy. That mentality does not serve us well when applied to law enforcement. Also the “brotherhood’ mentality causes them to protect each other against the “civilians”. Police force is supposed to be made up of “civilians”.

  4. Miriam Serman says:

    Bruce Lisker is a fantastic human being who continues to do good helping others still in incarceration, such as teaching them how to write their own story. The crime of the courts continues to this day in that so far the government avoids trying his civil case, which could to pay him his due for an unjust imprisonment most of his life.

  5. I hope that the docuseries will get a wide release because I will wait until it available on DVD and buy it . Let face it ,docseries don’t get wide release and appear in theater that I never heard about it.

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