WHO IS TRICIA LEE

BIO

Recognized on the 2020 & 2021 Black List, Tricia Lee is an AAPI female filmmaker who creates heart-breaking and heart-warming features with a sense of uplifting humor. Growing up in Toronto and fighting for her Green Card in order to step-up her career in Los Angeles, she tells stories from a Canadian perspective looking in at the American Dream and loves to explore ideas around belonging, voicelessness and shared humanity.  GOOD CHANCE, her feature script being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Janet Yang was on the CAPE List, a top 50 finalist in The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, grand prize winner Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenplay Competition, top 14 finalist Universal Studios Writer's Program, winner Cinequest Best Feature Screenplay and selected for the prestigious Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Master Workshop.  She is the showrunner and sole writer on 8 episodes of the animated anthology A BANQUET FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS produced by 108 Media.  Tricia will be directing a William Hung (American Idol) biopic which she also wrote and is being produced by Don Handfield (The Founder), Tony and Tim Bui (won Sundance Grand Jury Prize & Audience Choice Award).  Lee has directed 3 award-winning features including BLOOD HUNTERS, which sold to Hulu and was presented in Cannes by Frontieres and SILENT RETREAT, which was theatrically released across Canada and sold to NBC Universal’s Chiller Network.  

AWARDS / RECOGNITION

The 2021 Black List (IDOL)

The 2020 Black List (GOOD CHANCE)

The CAPE List

The Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top 50 Finalist

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Winner

Cinequest Best Feature Screenplay - Winner

Athena List - Winner

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Features - Winner

Sundance - Second Rounder

The Young & Hungry List

Outfest Screenplay Lab - Finalist

Nashville Screenplay - Finalist

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay - Finalist

Page International Awards - Semifinalist

The BitchList - Top 5

Lena Waithe's Hello Lab - Finalist

The Black List Women In Film Residency - Semifinalist

Breaking Through The Lens - Finalist

LABS

Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Master Workshop

Athena Screenwriting Lab

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab

National Screen Institute TV Director's Bootcamp (Canada)

FAVORITE FILMS OF '21

Blue Bayou

CODA

Shang-Chi

BOOKS I'VE READ RECENTLY

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Visual Story by Bruce Block

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferazzi

FILMS I WISH I MADE

Les Intouchables

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Short Term 12

The Greatest Showman

Ex Machina

Up In The Air

Moulin Rouge

Romeo + Juliet

Memento

Requiem For A Dream

Good Will Hunting

Billy Elliot

Battle Royale

Mother (by Bong Joon Ho)

TV SHOWS I'M OBSSESSED WITH 

 

Ted Lasso

Normal People

Lost

The Leftovers

DIRECTORS I'VE SHADOWED

Peter Deluise - SHADOWHUNTERS (Freeform | Netflix)

Jeff Woolnough - THE EXPANSE (Syfy | Alcon Television Group)

Erik Canuel - RANSOM (CBS | TF1 | Sienna Films)

Nancy Meyers - WALMART "The Box" for the Oscars®

TEACHERS I'VE STUDIED WITH

Joan Scheckel

Larry Moss

Tom Todoroff

MY DREAM

Direct a melodramatic musical love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet

 

INTERESTING FACT

I own four condos which I rent out on AirBNB.  My husband and I decide where we are going to sleep depending on which one is empty.  

 

MY LOVE STORY

In 2013, Mark and I had been talking about getting married for a while. One Thursday night, in July, we found out that my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Mark asked me, why don't we get married sooner? We looked at the calendar and the next two weekends, his dad was away on vacation. The week after that was my birthday and the week after that we were going away on vacation. So we decided to get married that weekend. We took the Friday off work and ran around the city getting our marriage license, rings, calling an officiant and photographer. We managed to get his parents and sister to agree to come and meet us the next day (Saturday) at my parents house, dress up and not ask questions. We told them we were going out for dinner.

An hour and a half before the ceremony, after helping dig up roots in the garden, we told my parents to dress up for dinner. My mom said she didn't want to go out, but we told her we have already paid for the reservation, so she had no choice.

We snuck Mark's family into my parents backyard and my parents were surprised to see everyone in their home.

We drove them to the park where the officiant and photographer met us by the pond and the goose poop. And on July 13, 2013, a hot, sunny (and sweaty) day, Mark and I surprised our immediate family by getting married.