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Justin D. Lee is a Japanese and Chinese American Cinematographer, born and raised in Northern California. Captivated at a young age by films like Chungking Express, The Shawshank Redemption, and Never Cry Wolf,  he began applying himself in an innovative high school documentary film program that incorporated literature and history. He graduated from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in 2015 with an emphasis on cinematography.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, he has collaborated on creative projects with Kamasi Washington, Charles Burnett, Bassem Youssef, and Reggie Watts. Commercially, Justin has shot with companies such as Village Roadshow, Film Independent, Samsung, Disney and Revitalash.

Most recently in 2023, Justin worked on the Emmy Award winning short documentary “Hungry For More: The Movement to Save New York’s Chinatown.” Highlighting the struggle in NYC’s Chinatown during the pandemic, the stories were especially poignant for Justin given his Chinese American upbringing.

He enjoys taking photographs, amateur woodworking, and building things for his cat, Xi Gua. He believes filmmaking is a vessel that reveals truth and cultures.