Born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Michael Justin Lee, a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild of America, is proudly a part of the new wave of Asian-American artists and filmmakers.
His most recent works, transgressive short film reinterpretations of the Biblical story of Salomé and the ancient Euripidean classic Medea, are available for purchase on Apple iTunes Short Films, Google Play Movies and Amazon Video, in over 60 countries.
In 2018, he will direct and produce modernized cinematic interpretations of the stories of Antigone and Joan of Arc.
Previous cinematic works of his have been screened at Court Métrage Festival de Cannes 2015 and have been recipient of a Motion Picture Opportunity Fund grant from the Virginia Film Office.
His comedic stage play, “Grandmothers,” was produced Off-Broadway in 2013, the same year that he was honored at the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Outstanding Book Awards for his first book, “The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity” (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
The strength of his writing and story sense is attested to by the reviews of his young adult historical fiction novel, “Fighting for Freedom and General Washington.”
One of them, Kirkus Reviews wrote of it, “Brimming with excitement while effectively teaching history…Lee has a real talent for capturing the young mind and conveying complex ideas in terms young readers will understand.”
An alumnus of Brown University and New York University, he has held academic appointments as Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and Practitioner Instructor at Johns Hopkins University and most recently taught at the University of Maryland where he was a three time recipient of the business school’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
He can be contacted through his website: www.michaeljustinlee.com