Sundance Film Fest 2022: Cooper Raiff–Director to Watch

Dallas native Cooper Raiff burst onto the scene in 2020 with his debut feature film, Shithouse, a semi-autobiographical account of first-year college gloom that he wrote, directed and starred in.

A graduate of the Greenhill School, Raiff pitched an early version of the movie to filmmaker Jay Duplass on Twitter. Duplass not only liked it, he also joined the project, helping develop the final version, which won the top prize in its category at South by Southwest.

This month, Raiff is heading to the Sundance Film Fest with his second feature, Cha Cha Real Smooth.

In another portrait of early adulthood, he plays an aimless college grad with a niche but unenviable job: bar mitzvah hype man.

He gets people moving at parties where the main demographic is in middle school. Raiff wrote and directed again. Dakota Johnson stars alongside him in the drama.

Its title? A nod to the quintessential PG-13 party song, DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide.”