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Since the age of 12, MALCOLM D. LEE (Written and Directed by/Executive
Producer) has been making films in animation, video and Super-8 film formats. Since
age 17, he has been working professionally in the industry as a production assistant,
apprentice film editor, casting associate, assistant director and director’s assistant.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in 1992
with a BA in English and a minor in fine arts, Lee accepted a yearlong fellowship in
screenwriting from Disney Studios, where he completed two screenplays, including
Morningside Prep, a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences at predominately
white prep schools.
Following his early Hollywood experience, he gained entry into New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts, honed his craft as a director and writer, and went
on to make a short-film version of Morningside Prep that claimed several awards
(including two from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame); the film made its television
debut on Showtime Networks in 1997.
In September 1998, Lee began his directorial debut with his sixth screenplay, The
Best Man. The Universal Pictures film opened in October 1999 to rave reviews by critics
and audiences alike; it also scored a No. 1 ranking at the box office. In May 2002, Lee
directed the action comedy Undercover Brother, with Eddie Griffin and Dave Chappelle,
to stellar reviews. His third feature, Roll Bounce, for Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight,
debuted in September 2005.
Aside from directing commercials for various companies (Verizon, Toyota and
the U.S. Navy) and shooting episodes for Everybody Hates Chris, Lee is currently
developing several feature screenplays, including The Champions and the time
travel/Negro Leagues sports comedy Brushback. He is also in production on Soul Men,
in which he is directing Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac.
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