Cool Room Entertainment is the brainchild of writer/director/producer/actor/musician, Teo Smoot, an award-winning filmmaker whose versatile efforts have spanned the last 25+ years. In his hometown of Washington, D.C., he started as a songwriting producer and performer before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue this and other interests where he almost immediately landed national modeling, commercial and voiceover campaigns for the likes of Newport Cigarettes, Nike, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, respectively.
Sci-Fi movie fans know him best as Corporal Bronksi from director Paul Verhoeven's cult classic, 'Starship Troopers’ (1997), and the episode of Star Trek: TNG where he played a Klingon. While other fans remember him from 2006’s 'Showgirls' (another Verhoeven cult hit) where he menaced as one of Carver's bodyguards.
He’s shared the silver screen opposite David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton in 'Playing God’, opposite Kristy Swanson in 'Supreme Sanction’ and opposite Pamela Anderson in ‘Barb Wire’ as well as television shows, Unsolved Mysteries, Married With Children and Coach, to name a few.
As a writer, TEO's first two professional jobs were as a freelance sketch writer on Comedy Central's 'Comic Justice' as well as lead writer on ESPN2's 'Jam Central'. The latter of which he also served as the Voice-over host. He has gone on to be a script consultant and "polisher" in the indie film world.
In 2003, TEO launched Cool Room Entertainment, a film & television production company dedicated to seeing balanced diversity in those mediums. He has gone on to appear in, produce and/or write & direct a number of music videos and short films of which have premiered in the likes of the Los Angeles Film Festival, ‘HBO's Project Greenlight' and BETJ's ‘Best Shorts' programs.
His first short, Finding Neo (2004), which he wrote, directed, and co-produced, earned a ‘Best Comedy Short’ award during its festival run. Teo's next short, Parker (2007), earned an offer to produce and direct his first feature -- The true-life story, Angel Wishes: Journey of a Spiritual Healer.
In 2021, the Cool Room launched their personal-viewing platform, Cool Room TV, which only streams positive content starring cultures of color.