J. Lee is an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and director based in Jackson, Mississippi. His short film, “The Murderer” was screened at the Crossroads Film Festival and the International Film Festival.
While a student at Jackson State University, J.Lee debuted his first production with the critically acclaimed play, "Dangerously in Love”. Soon after graduation, J. Lee developed a vision. This vision would be the beginning of J. Lee Productions. His first major production, "No Good Comes to Those Who Do Wrong" debuted in the summer of 2008 and toured the state of Mississippi. The stage play placed third for Best Stage Play in the Jackson Free Press Best of Jackson awards. J. Lee’s subsequent productions, "Why Am I Single", "Revenge", "Everyone Plays the Fool” and “Forbidden Fruit” also placed and won in the Best of Jackson awards.
Following the success of previous stage plays, J.Lee debuted his production, “"What Do the Lonely Do for Christmas" to a sold out crowd at the historic Alamo Theater in the Farish Street District of Jackson, Mississippi. Following the success of the film, J. Lee wrote the closing chapter to the "Single Saga" and returned to the stage in 2010 with the play "Revenge".
In the spring of 2011, J Lee released his first documentary entitled "BLACK LOVE". It was later followed by "BLACK LOVE II" and "BLACK LOVE III". Each installment takes a deeper look into relationships in the African American community. The “Black Love” documentaries have been screened at film festivals, colleges, and universities all over the state of Mississippi.
Returning to his alma mater in 2011, J.Lee’s fourth stage production, “Everyone Plays the Fool” became an official event for the 2011 Homecoming Week activities at Jackson State University.
In addition to being a playwright, filmmaker and director, J. Lee has also taken an active role in his community. In conjunction with Jackson Public Schools 21st Century Program, he launched the Performing Arts Rescues Kids Program, a program targeted inner city middle and high school students. J. Lee also received the 2013 Gentleman of Year Award for his professional and community accomplishments.
J. Lee credits God, his family, his team and the community for the success of J. Lee Productions.
Name: J. Lee
Lives in: Atlanta, Georgia
Company: J. Lee Production
Gentleman of The Year
Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)