Tricia Lee is an accomplished AAPI female filmmaker whose ability to blend heart-warming and heart-breaking stories with uplifting humor has earned her recognition on the Black List x 3: GOOD CHANCE (2020), IDOL (2021) and AMERICAN DREAMS (2023) . As a fellow of the SONY Diverse TV Writers Program, Tricia creates from a Canadian perspective, exploring themes of belonging, voicelessness, and shared humanity through the lens of the American Dream. Her feature script, GOOD CHANCE has received numerous accolades, including being a top 50 finalist in The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, winning the grand prize at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenplay Competition, a top 14 finalist Universal Studios Writers Program, on the CAPE List and being selected for the prestigious Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Master Workshop and The Writers Lab (supported by Meryl Streep & Nicole Kidman).
A CDDP Commerical Director finalist, Tricia's impressive directing credits include working with top talent such as Eva Longoria (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), Simu Liu (Marvel's SHANG-CHI), Ingrid Rogers (BOSCH), and Rachel Hilson (THIS IS US). She has written a pilot for and will be a showrunner of the animated anthology A BANQUET FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS produced by 108 Media. 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
CDDP Commercial Directors Program - Finalist
The 2023 Black List (AMERICAN DREAMS)
The 2021 Black List (IDOL)
The 2020 Black List (GOOD CHANCE)
The CAPE List
The Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top 50 Finalist
SONY TV Writers Fellowship
The Writers Lab (supported by Meryl Streep & Nicole Kidman)
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
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 FILM OF '22
Triangle Of Sadness
BOOKS I'VE READ RECENTLY
Dare To Lead by Brene Brown
FILMS I WISH I MADE
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Short Term 12
The Greatest Showman
Up In The Air
Romeo + Juliet
Requiem For A Dream
Good Will Hunting
Mother (by Bong Joon Ho)
TV SHOWS I LOVE
The Last Of Us
DIRECTORS I'VE SHADOWED
Michael Goi - ROOKIE: FEDS (ABC)
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®
Mary Lou Belli - BLACK LIGHTNING (CW) - virtual shadow
TEACHERS I'VE STUDIED WITH
I used to own four condos which I rented out on AirBNB. My husband and I would decide where we were going to sleep depending on which one was 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.