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SXSW Film & TV Festival 2024

March 2024 | Austin, TX

Talon attends the festival with "Chief" a film that follows seven Tribal Chairpeople from tribes in Southern California.

Distributed by OurWorlds.

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Oscars Promo Talent Assistant

January 2024 | Los Angeles, CA

Featuring Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Ryan Gosling, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Watch Now

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RuPaul's Drag Con 2024

January 2024 | London UK

Talon attends RPDC24 to document with recurring collaborator, A'Whora.

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Talon Directs SAG Short: Headrest Talk

January 2024 | Los Angeles, CA

Dominic, a college freshman, returns home for spring break expecting a small-town, corn-enveloped, Grindr-scrolling vacation. Reconnecting with Teo, an old friend, reveals just how little they know each other. Despite a seemingly simple childhood, it holds deep secrets, darkness, and pain. Dominic’s strained relationship with his mother post-coming out and Teo’s father leaving a decades-long marriage, push the two closer. Yet in the present, it's just Dominic and Teo, exploring each other's minds and bodies in the quiet darkness, truly seeing each other for the first time.

Headrest Talk, a queer short, set for release mid-2024.

Written + Directed by Talon Reed Cooper

Starring Justin Cone and Edgar de Santiago

Director of Photography, Selena Webb

Produced by Andy Raab, Selena Webb, Liam Higgins, and Talon Reed Cooper

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Photography Workshops

November 2023 | Muncie, IN

Talon returns to alma matter, Ball State University, to teach photography and post-production workshops to current students.

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New Position with NYU

May 2023 | Los Angeles, CA

Talon begins contract as a TikTok Specialist with NYU and their Health Promotion Office.

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Talon to Direct SAG Short: Henry's Kingdom

February 2023 | Los Angeles, CA

Queer, coming-of-age short, Henry's Kingdom, Coming 2024.


Starring Sophie Giannamore, Tucker Boggs, Trevor Newlin, and Azrael Araujo

Written by Tucker Boggs

Cinematography by Bethany Michalski

Produced by Emily Paton

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October 2022 | San Diego, CA

Talon begins new position with Tony Award-winning The Old Globe Theatre as a Production Assistant.

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PRESS: Meet Talon Reed Cooper | Filmmaker, Photographer, and Creative Director

September 2022

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Directing Announcement: Henry's Kingdom

May 2022 | Los Angeles, CA

Talon is set to direct the queer coming-of-age short Henry's Kingdom in Los Angeles working alongside actor/breakout writer Tucker Boggs, cinematographer/director Bethany Michalski, and Vancouver-based, Brightlight Pictures Producer Emily Paton.

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May 2022 | San Diego, CA

Talon begins new position with Tony Award-winning The Old Globe Theatre as an Assistant Company Manager.

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March 2022

Talon begins new position with SEEN Dating at Brainbaby as a Casting Associate Producer for an upcoming reality television pilot.

SEEN is a dating app with a difference: Transparency. That means when you check out a profile, you get to see their past text chats and video conversations with other daters!

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January 2022

Talon attended the opening night premiere of the 2022 LA Art Show in Los Angeles. The event benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and was hosted by model and actress Kaia Gerber.

New position at OurWorlds

November 2021

Talon begins new position with OurWorlds as a Social Media and Content Strategist. OurWorlds' mission is to preserve Native American history, languages, and stories through XR360™️ technology.

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October 2021

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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October 2021

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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September 2021

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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New Position with

Digital Magician Studios

June 2021

Talon begins new position with DMS based in Los Angeles as a Social Media Strategist and Content Curator for brands such as Amazon Alexa, Google Domains, and Eleven Fifty Academy.

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March 2021

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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March 2021

AmeriKKKa Official Selection of the monthly edition of Montreal Independent Film Festival.

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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AmeriKKKa Wins Best Film at HFAF 2021

March 2021

AmeriKKKa wins Best Film at Hoosier Films Annual Festival 2021

Directed, Written, and Co-Produced by Carmia Imani; Director of Photography and Co-Produced by Talon Reed Cooper; Featuring Carmia Imani, Mason Pippenger, Dash Perry, Bella Brown-Sparks, Micheal Hassel, Janae Robinson, and Tiana Williams; Promotional Photography by Sarai Heylmun

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The Mailing List Wins Best Writer at HFAF 2021

March 2021

The Mailing List wins Best Writer at Hoosier Films Annual Festival 2021.


Directed by Talon Reed Cooper; Written by JB Bilbrey; Produced by Natalie Danzeisen; Director of Photography Alex Stiner

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March 2021

The Mailing List (Best Writer Nom), AmeriKKKa (Best Film Nom), Unanswered Questions are announced as official selections at the 2021 Hoosier Films Annual Festival.

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New Position with

Ivy Tech Community College

August 2020

Talon begins twelve-month contract with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana as Social Media Strategist.

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FESTIVAL: The Mailing List Official Selection 2020 Heartland Film's Indy Shorts Int'l Film Festival

June 2020

The Mailing List Official Selection of 2020 Indy Shorts International Film Festival

Directed by Talon Reed Cooper; Screenplay by JB Bilbrey; Produced by Natalie Danzeisen; Director of Photography, Alex Stiner; Starring Chase Strange, Alexandra Chopson, and Greysen James.

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Undergrad Graduation

May 2020

Talon graduates (virtually) from Ball State University with dual degrees, B.A. in Telecommunications (Video Production) and B.A. in Theatre (Directing)

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PRESS: Coming-of-age story to be brought to life in ‘Snapshots’

March 2019

Article by Gabrielle Glass promoting the 2019 Ball State production of Snapshots written by Cynthia Mercati and directed by Talon.

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