Grace Lee was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. Her first feature film The Grace Lee Project, is an award-winning personal documentary on contemporary Asian female identity and stereotypes.
Lee graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Film Directing where her thesis film Barrier Device, starring Sandra Oh and Suzy Nakamura, won a 2002 Student Academy Award, a Directors Guild of America Student award, the Grand Jury Prize at the Urbanworld Film Festival among others. The film played in festivals internationally and aired on the Sundance Channel and is distributed by Shorts International. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Faces of Independent Film, and has been awarded grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for her work. Prior to The Grace Lee Project, she also directed the short documentaries Best of the Wurst, funded by the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Camp Airrang, a film about U.S. military prostitution in South Korea distributed by Third World Newsreel. Recently in 2007 she co-directed a documentary entitled American Zombie with fellow filmmaker John Solomon. She is the recipient of the illustrious Media of Conscience Fellowship and currently resides in Los Angeles. (09/09)
The Grace Lee Project
A film by Grace Lee, 2005, 68 min., Color
When award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. As an adult, however, she move...