WHO IS TRICIA LEE
FAVORITE FILMS OF '18
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BOOKS I'VE READ RECENTLY
The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
The Film Director’s Intuition by Judith Weston
PODCASTS I LISTEN TO
FILMS I WISH I MADE
Short Term 12
The Greatest Showman
Up In The Air
Romeo + Juliet
Requiem For A Dream
Good Will Hunting
TV SHOWS I'VE WATCHED EVERY SINGLE EPISODE OF
One Day At A Time
This Is Us
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
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
SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS I'VE PLACED IN
The Academy Nicholl Fellowship - current Quarter-Finalist
Page International Awards - current Semi-Finalist
Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Master Workshop - Fellow
The BitchList - Top 5
Nashville Screenplay Contest - current Finalist
Athena Screenwriting Lab - Selected Participant
The Black List Women In Film Residency - current Semi-Finalist
Creative Capital - current Second Round
Austin Film Festival - Second-Rounder
Screencraft Film Fund - Semi-Finalist
Direct a melodramatic musical love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet
WHY I DIRECT
My mission is to create award-worthy, emotional, honest and vulnerable entertainment to touch, move and inspire audiences around the world.
My ambition is fuelled by my love of telling emotional stories that fulfill our human desire to laugh, cry, jump, be delighted and be entertained; but most importantly, the stories I want to tell, fulfill a basic human need to know that we are not alone.
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.
Tricia Lee is an accomplished and versatile director-writer who earned her US Green Card as an “artist of extraordinary ability” with Canadian and British citizenship. She brings collaborative, imaginative and leadership experience to the table, having directed several shorts and 3 award-winning features. Most recently, her feature script is a quarterfinalist in The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and semifinalist in The Page International Awards. She is also attached as director to SONATA, a feature film being produced by Viola Davis’ company JuVee Productions.
Her work has been consistently applauded for finding the beating emotional heart and compelling themes in the center of the conflict and remarkably connecting with audiences. Of note, MOTHER-DAUGHTER, her feature script which has been selected for the prestigious Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Master Workshop and the Athena Screenwriting Lab, received an 8 from The Blacklist and was lauded as "an envelope pushing and conversation starting kind of project ... The writer has a really strong and fresh voice and does a great job tackling a story like this with a strong point of view".
BLOOD HUNTERS (Audience Choice “Best Feature” – Fright Night Theatre) sold to Hulu, was presented in Cannes by Frontieres and had a North American day and date release. To make this film, Tricia successfully converted 19 tech investors from the highly-sought-after Canadian Angel Investment Networks into movie investors … an unprecedented and laudable feat! SILENT RETREAT, won Best Canadian Feature –Toronto After Dark, and was theatrically released across Canada with a 2-week run in Toronto. The film was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures and VVS and sold to NBC Universal’s Chiller Network.
Tricia is a go-getter and continuously creating content. Recent dramatic short films include MEETING MOMMY (starring Simu Liu from TAKEN, KIM’S CONVENIENCE) which was a semi-finalist in the NBC Universal Short Film Festival and reached the top 28 on Youtube’s Trending List. EDGE OF INTERNMENT, her musical short that was written, shot and edited for the 51-hour Make Your Mark Contest was a Top 3 Finalist out of all submissions worldwide as voted on by the Producer's Guild of America’s jury of judges; AFFECTION (starring Steve Lund from BITTEN, SCHITT’S CREEK and Steph Song from BLOOD AND WATER, SMALLVILLE) premiered at the Oscar-Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival and THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT, which was made as part of the selective Alliance of Women Directors Shoot ‘Em Up series, was presented at Disney Studios.
Embracing every opportunity to grow in her field, she has benefited from shadowing mentorships from Jeff Woolnough on SyFy’s THE EXPANSE, Erik Canuel, producing director on CBS’ RANSOM, Peter Deluise on Freeform’s SHADOWHUNTERS and most recently, the highly-regarded powerhouse - Nancy Meyers on the “Walmart Box” Oscars® commercial starring Hans Zimmer. She was one of a select few to complete the Corus Diversity TV Director’s Program through the National Screen Institute in Canada.
A not-so-ordinary life took Tricia Lee from teaching piano after 10 years of studying the instrument, to living in England for a year, to 8 years in experiential marketing, to owning 4 AirBNB condos (which she lives in-between when they are empty), to having a surprise wedding within 24 hours of being engaged, to riding a motorcycle, to scuba-diving, to hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu -- and the adventure continues...
THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT
Starring: Ingrid Rogers (Bosch), Brent Bailey (LBJ)
IMDB Independent Awards - Best Female Director, Screened at Disney Studios
EDGE OF INTERNMENT
2018 Short - Top 3 Finalist in Producers Guild of America Make Your Mark 51 Hour Film Challenge
Starring: James Kyson (Heroes, Preacher), Ally Iseman (NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds)
2017 Short - Semi-finalist NBC Universal Short Film Festival, Top 28 on Youtube's Trending List
Starring: Simu Liu (Kim's Convenience, Blood and Water, Taken), Christina Jung (Kim's Convenience)
2018 Short - World Premiere at Oscar-Qualifying LA Shorts Film Fest
Starring: Steph Song (Smallville, Blood and Water, Everything's Gone Green), Steve Lund (Bitten, Reign, Schitt's Creek)
2016 Feature - Audience Choice Award Fright Night Theatre Film Fest
Film Monkey Productions | OMDC | High Octane Distribution | Gravitas Ventures | United Front Entertainment
Producers: Tricia Lee, Chris Luckhardt
Starring: Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica, Beyond), Benjamin Arthur (Working The Engels, American Reunion), Torri Higginson (Dark Matter, Stargate: Atlantis), Julian Richings (Patriot, Supernatural, The Witch), Mark Taylor (Insomnia, Flashpoint), Peter Blankenstein (Human Centipede I, II, III)
2014 Feature - Winner Best Canadian Feature Toronto After Dark
Film Monkey Productions | Archstone Distribution | VVS | Gravitas Ventures | BlackFawn | Lost Empire | High Octane
Producer: Tricia Lee | Exec Producer: Chris Agoston
Starring: Robert Nolan
2013 Feature - Winner Best Drama Feature Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Film Monkey Productions | GS Productions | Atlas Grove | Spartan Bay | Lost Empire
Producers: Geordie Sabbagh, Jordan Gross
2011 HD TV Series
KIDS ACROSS CANADA – 8 Segments
2007 - 2008 Mini Docs for CBC
SELECTED FESTIVALS / AWARDS
THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT
IMDB Independent Awards (Best Female Director)
EDGE OF INTERNMENT
Producer's Guild of America Make Your Mark Competition (3rd Prize)
NBC Universal Short Film Festival (semi-finalist)
Youtube's Trending List (Top 28)
Reel World Film Festival
Asians On Film Los Angeles
LA Shorts International Film Festival
Frontieres Goes To Cannes (Marche Screening)
Horror Channel's Frightfest London
Fright Night Theatre Film Festival (Audience Choice Award Best Feature)
Boston Sci-Fi Terrorthon
Other Worlds Austin
Toronto After Dark Film Festival (Best Canadian Feature)
Nocturna Fantastic Film Festival of Madrid (In Competition)
Atlanta Horror Film Festival (Best Drama Feature)
Blood in the Snow
SEARCHING FOR WONDER
Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
Worldfest Houston (Remi Award Winner)
Rimouski International Film Festival
MARV FREETELL'S WEDDING DAY
Edmonton Filim Festival
Nashville International Film Festival
Worldfest Houston (Special Jury Award Winner)
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Sprockets Film Festival / TIFF Kids
Houston Worldfest (Gold Remi Winner)
USA Film Festival
Whistler Film Festival
Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival
New York Kids First! Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival