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Redskin Chris Cooley's New Position: Film Producer

Chris Cooley (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Picture this: At the Oscars a couple years from now, as they announce Best Picture ... that could be you walking to the stage, along with fellow executive producer, Chris Cooley.

Okay, maybe a long shot. But the gregarious Redskins tight end will spend his off-season getting his feet wet in the indie-film biz, and he's looking for help.

Cooley has signed on to produce a new locally filmed paranormal thriller, "Ghosts Don't Exist" -- and the first job of a producer is to raise the money. This weekend, he'll host a private reception at Shadow Room nightclub to court potential investors.

"The biggest goal is what level of actor can we involve," he told us. "The funds are already there to make the movie, but [with more money], maybe we can get someone people recognize."

How'd Cooley end up here? Pretty random: The guys from little NoVa-based studio 19th and Wilson sent him a pitch via his popular blog, chriscooley47.9blogspot.9com. "We sat down and met and had a couple beers," Cooley said. "We thought this was a cool concept. I was an art major in college -- if there's something I want to support or be behind, it's the arts." And the script -- the travails of a ghost hunter, with a "Sixth Sense" vibe -- "was a good story," he said. Filming could start next month.

The original deal -- both Chris and his brother Tanner signed on to produce -- was just to use his name, but Cooley says he's now kicking in some money. And now . . . he's agreed to maybe let them use his house for part of the filming!

Hey, now that we think of it, maybe we've got our recognizable star right here . . . Maybe, Chris? Please?

"I don't know if that's completely up to me," Cooley laughed. "I don't think I'd be the best actor."

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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Let's hope he doesnt show his junk in this feature.

Posted by: Efffyew2 | January 8, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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