Born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Michael Justin Lee, a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild of America, is proudly a part of the new wave of Asian-American artists and filmmakers.
In 2017, he wrote, produced, and directed modernized cinematic interpretations of the Biblical story of “Salomé” and the ancient Euripidean tragedy “Medea.” They are both available for purchase on Apple iTunes Short Films, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video, in over 80 countries.
In 2018, he achieved the same for the stories of “Antigone” and “Joan of Arc.” “Joan of Arc” is now available for purchase, also on Apple iTunes Short Films, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video, also in over 80 countries. Release of “Antigone” is forthcoming.
In 2019, he will film his first Shakespearean themed movie.
Previous cinematic works of his have been screened at Court Métrage Festival de Cannes and have been recipient of a Motion Picture Opportunity Fund grant from the Virginia Film Office.
His comedic stage play, “Grandmothers,” was produced Off-Broadway in 2013, the same year that he was honored at the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Outstanding Book Awards for his first book, “The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity” (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
An alumnus of Brown University and New York University, he was an expert reviewer for “Applied Corporate Finance” by Aswath Damodaran (John Wiley, 2010) and “Essentials of Investments” by Bodie, Kane and Marcus (McGraw-Hill, 2012), and has held academic appointments as Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and Practitioner Instructor at Johns Hopkins University. He most recently taught at the University of Maryland where he was a three time recipient of the business school’s Distinguished Teaching Award.