Cookie has worked in every facet of film & television production for the past 20 years. She recently produced the feature film "C.O.G.," written & directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Corey Stoll, Denis O'Hare, Dale Dickey, Dean Stockwell and Casey Wilson, and was just announced to be in competition in Sundance 2013. C.O.G. is based on a David Sedaris essay that appeared in "Naked". Carosella also produced Alvarez's first film, "Easier With Practice." The film received much critical acclaim, was nominated for two 2010 Spirit Awards, won the Grand Jury Prize at Cinevegas and Best International Feature at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival. Carosella was Vice President of Physical Production for David Hoberman and Ashok Amritraj at Hyde Park Entertainment. She worked with MGM and Disney on multiple feature films. She was Associate Producer and Post Production Supervisor on Touchstone's "Bringing Down the House," starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, wrote multiple shows for E! Entertainment's "A Second Look, a reality show about people turning their lives around, and has worked with many top writers, producers and directors in entertainment, including Warren Beatty, Garry Marshall and Robert DeNiro.
Cookie found Tuff Cookie Productions, to bring the skills she learned in Hollywood to the internet and to help the nonprofit sector raise money and awareness. Tuff Cookie videos and PSAs have aired on local networks, run in major theatre chains, won multiple awards and have helped raise over $10 million.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Kyle Patrick Alvarez wrote & directed his first feature film, Easier With Practice, based on a recent article published in GQ Magazine, written by Davy Rothbart, creator of 'Found' Magazine. Since its premiere, Easier With Practice has been nominated for 2 Spirit Awards, won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Cinevegas and Best International Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Alvarez has written, directed and edited multiple award winning projects and helped found Tuff Cookie Productions. Kyle recently wrote the feature film COG, which he will be also directing, based on one of David Sedaris' short stories in "Naked". Kyle is the first filmmaker Sedaris has ever sold the rights to, in order to make one of his stories into a feature film.
Kyle graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelors degree in Motion Pictures Production and English Literature.