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Cooper Dahlen-Pagano '13, Short Film Producer

Cooper Dahlen-Pagano ’13 recently won an award for best short film at the 2018 Nederland Film Festival. After graduating from Denver Academy, Cooper headed to nearby University of Denver for his post-high school studies. While enrolled at DU, he interned at Rocky Mountain PBS and worked on the 2015 season of American Idol. Since his time at DA, Cooper has directed, produced, and edited a number of short films including “Comfort Zone,” Brewed Awakenings,” “Rift,” and his award-winning film “Speak Softly.” When he isn’t directed award-winning short films, Cooper works as a film and television editor for Bluprint here in Denver with series that have been picked up by the Bravo network as well as YouTube. Up next? He’ll be shooting his next short film, “Persnickety,” which he will also write, direct, produce, and edit. Cooper’s film “Speak Softly” is now available on Amazon Prime video.