Matthew Cook was born and raised in Kansas and feels a strong kinship with that region of the country. His interest in film reflects his reverence for place and politics. He believes that all films are essentially political and should not be disassociated from realities they affirm. Matt was a nationally competitive debater in college, was an award winning collegiate opinion writer and editor, and hopes to change the world around him by thinking, speaking, and writing about films in a way that is both accessible to a broad public and that challenges traditional conventions. He believes in the farmer, simplicity, action, reflection, compassion, and creating an atmosphere of openness. He is currently working to apply the work of Michel Foucault to documentaries in order to explain the power structures implicit within them, with more specific emphasis as he progresses. He feels privileged and grateful to be studying at Ohio University