Born & raised in Los Angeles to Korean immigrants, Lee is an award-winning director, writer, and producer, known for his sharp storytelling and inventive style. Lee is known for 30 for 30: Friedman’s Shoes, Jay Z’s Road to Brooklyn, and After the Raves. In 2004, Lee made his debut with the critically acclaimed Rock Fresh, a candid documentary about graffiti artists making the leap to commercial art. Variety singled it out as one of the films to watch at AFI Fest, while making its world premiere on Showtime.
Next, Lee is working on 26.2, a feature drama he wrote and is directing, adapted from the GQ article Inside the San Quentin Marathon. In doc, he’s currently directing a Justin Bieber feature documentary for Youtube Originals; a premium series of 10 x documentary films for Hulu; a documentary about the Air Max sneaker for Nike – all set to premiere in 2020. In active development, Lee is working on his personal Asian-American dramedy series; and animation series with co-creator Rob Weiss, with George Lopez and Anthony Anderson voicing the leads. Previously, Lee directed the Lionsgate feature comedy Public Disturbance; and created, wrote and directed the comedy series The Clinic on Hulu. In documentary, Lee executive produced the critically acclaimed primetime PBS docuseries Breaking Big which one the Best Informational Program at the Imagen Awards; the sneaker docuseries Sole Origins for Complex; the music-based true-crime series Silenced, as well as The Cook Up with the Bronx chefs Ghetto Gastro for Spotify; and Detroit Rubber alongside Eminem.
Lee is also prolific in advertising, directing and producing for global brands including Nissan, Adidas, Head & Shoulders, Red Bull, Intel, Gatorade, Scotts, McDonald’s, Vitamin Water, American Express, Jaguar and more. For Red Bull, his documentary Skate or Die on high-risk Native American skater kids on the reservation is now part of the Smithsonian Institute. Lee was featured in Paper Magazine’s 10th Annual Beautiful People issue, highlighting him as a filmmaker to watch. Lee and his work have also been featured in the New York Times, Variety, Salon, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Deadline, EW, GQ, and LA Weekly. Lee was also the winner of the Korean Film Council Filmmakers Lab for his feature film script Winter War. Lee is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.