FAST AND FURIOUS
JUSTIN LIN (Directed by) began writing, directing
and producing numerous
award-winning short films at
the UCLA School of Theater,
Film and Television, where he
earned his BA and MFA in
film directing. His solo
directorial debut, the critically
acclaimed Better Luck Tomorrow,
premiered at the 2002
Sundance Film Festival and
garnered a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. At the
2004 Independent Spirit Awards, the film, which he
also co-wrote, co-produced and edited, was honored
with a John Cassavetes Award nomination. Better Luck
Tomorrow went on to make box-office history as the
highest-grossing (per-screen average) opening weekend
film for MTV Films/Paramount Pictures when it was
released in April 2003.
In 2006, Lin directed Annapolis for Touchstone
Pictures and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
for Universal Pictures. He then ventured back into the
independent film world to make the '70s period-piece
comedy Finishing the Game: The Search for a New
Bruce Lee, which was released by IFC Films and The
Weinstein Company after its successful premiere at
the Sundance Film Festival.
Early in his career, Lin served as the production
coordinator at the Media Arts Center of the Japanese
American National Museum in Los Angeles. During
his tenure there, he created several educational television
pilots and documentaries such as Passing
Through, which was featured on PBS.
Lin also established Trailing Johnson Productions,
his own production company, which has
made distinguished projects such as the documentary
Spotlighting, as well as the acclaimed Better Luck
Tomorrow and Finishing the Game. Lin is presently in
the midst of developing and producing several new
film and television projects.
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