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Jean Lee

writer/director Original Sin; creator Strong (2019); director Killer Sex Doll (2020)
JEAN LEE is a writer/director who loves world cinema. She made her first film at the University of Pennsylvania called WE DO NOT EXIST, an investigative documentary on Philadelphia's sex trafficking industry which later became an educational tool at the District Attorney's office. Upon graduating, she interned at IJM, an international NGO that works to combat sex trafficking, child sexual assault, cybersex trafficking, and forced labor slavery. In 2010, she moved to Southeast Asia to study filmmaking at Tisch Asia. In four years, she crewed on films around the world - Iraq, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, and Israel, to name a few. Her narrative short, CAHAYA, shot in the slums of Jakarta, premiered at the 2013 Berlinale International Film Festival. Upon moving to LA, her feature script KIMCHI PRINCESS was selected for the 2013 Sundance Screenwriters’ Intensive and 2014 Film Independent Directors’ Lab. In 2015, Jean was one of eight directors chosen for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.

Recently, Jean has focused on genre film and TV. In 2016 & 2017, Jean was selected for Ryan Murphy's HALF TV Directors Mentorship Program, the Women in Film/Blacklist TV Writers Lab and the Fox Filmmakers Lab (an initiative to bring more female directors into studio and franchise films). This year, Jean is in post on a Sci Fi YA short called STRONG, a Mexico-US series proof of concept that won the Google Grant, Panavision Filmmakers Grant, and the Sundance Institute/Knight Foundation Grant. Jean makes her feature directorial debut with the first ever US-Paraguay coproduction, ORIGINAL SIN (PECADO ORIGINAL).

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Thursday, October 25

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