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 The Story of Air Max: 90 to 2090, Road to Brooklyn, and 30 for 30: Friedman’s Shoes. 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 with Conde Nast Entertainment on 26.2, a feature drama he wrote and is directing, adapted from the GQ article Inside the San Quentin Marathon. In scripted television, Lee is in development on a genre-bending series inspired by his Korean-American upbringing. In doc, he’s directing a feature documentary around 88rising. Previously in scripted, Lee directed the Lionsgate feature comedy Public Disturbance with Mike Tyson; and created, wrote and directed the comedy series The Clinic on Hulu. Previously in doc, Lee directed and produced After the Raves for Netflix/Red Bull; The Cook Up with Ghetto Gastro for Spotify. Lee executive produced the critically acclaimed primetime PBS docuseries Breaking Big which one the Best Informational Program at the Imagen Awards.
Lee also directs and produces for global brands including Nike, 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.