PeopletoWatch2-614.jpg

TRIBEZA's 10 to Watch 2015 | Matt Cook

If you don’t already know Matt Cook from his brilliant Texas Monthly pieces, “Soldier” and “The Call of Battle,” then you will soon. Next year, the Austin-based screenwriter and producer has two high profile films set for release: Triple 9 and By Way of Helena. The crime drama Triple 9, which is slated for a February release, features an all-star ensemble cast including Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. Cook’s other film, By Way of Helena, stars Liam Hemsworth (and, incidentally, Woody Harrelson), and tells the story of a Texas Ranger sent to investigate a series of unexplained deaths in a small Texas town. As if Cook’s year wasn’t busy enough, he and his wife, Lauren Wolf, will welcome their second child this spring.

Why do you love working in this city?

Although the city has seen tremendous growth, there remains a tight-knit writing and film community filled with talented and inspiring people.

What has been your biggest challenge or obstacle this past year?

Recognizing and paying attention to those things I can control and those I can’t.

Who is your creative icon?

Hemingway.

What’s one piece of advice you wish someone had given you 5 years ago?

This ties into the biggest challenge of the past year, which is to focus on the things in life I can control and not worry about those I can’t.

What inspires or drives you?

My military experiences, my wife and my son.

How do you get it all done?

Early mornings, late nights, outlines and fear of failure.

How do you relax?

Scotch.

What makes you laugh?

Politicians.

What are you proudest of professionally?

That I’ve found success doing something I love.

What helps you get through creative blocks?

Knowing all my writing involves rewriting, I just push through. If you write through the block you get the basic idea out there, then can go back later and polish it.

Tell us what to expect from you in 2016:

Triple 9 is slated for release in February. By Way Of Helena has no date set, but should be out in 2016. This industry is filled with many unknowns, but hopefully some of my other projects will move further towards/into production, including Matterhorn (based on the Vietnam War novel by Karl Marlantes), which is being adapted as a series for HBO, and a film about the Apostle Paul which will star Hugh Jackman and is being produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street.

CREDITS

Portraits by Bill Sallans | Styling by Ashley Horsley | Hair by Gabrielle van Der Meer | Make up by Bethany Renfro of Lip Service

RELATED ARTICLES

  • 0f8dfbf1-b6d6-4c56-b842-05d45acda39c.gif
  • image1.JPG
  • Elite 25_300x250.gif
  • unnamed-37.jpg
  • Copenhagen_Feb2015.jpg

SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY

eNewsletter

currentIssue.png
June_Cover-108x108.jpeg
  • 1cb151d1-621d-47f9-941e-7259eea04612.gif
  • Subscribe.jpg
TRIBEZA BLOGS
Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.07.04 PM.png

As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.

For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.

more
unnamed.jpg

The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...

more
TRIBEZA04.jpg

Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.

more
6cac5c5a8c8ab233e90140848463bee7-d1026fbadb4e268d7fc0f385121f57a3.jpg

JUDE GALLIGAN

Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.

Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?

From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...

more
IMG_4713.jpg

As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.

Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...

more