Yeon Jin Lee is a Korean American filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA. During her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, Yeon Jin joined Pixar as a computer graphics research and technical director intern, where she met many inspiring live-action filmmakers that deeply influenced her decision to pursue live-action, narrative filmmaking. After graduation, Yeon Jin accepted a full-time computer scientist position at the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, and left the position after five years to pursue MFA degree in Film and TV production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Her first short film, Driving While Undocumented, a story of an undocumented student pulled over by a law-enforcement officer in Nevada, garnered acceptances to more than eight film festivals, including at the Irvine International Film Festival, Gainesville Latino Film Festival, and the Hollyweb Festival. Her first-year USC short film, Revelations, was also fortunate enough to see positive reactions. Another story about the challenges that undocumented immigrants face, Revelations was accepted to the Katra Film Series, and was acquired by the Flixpics Network under a three-year distribution deal.
She believes that filmmakers have the unique opportunity to provoke thought and engender empathy through storytelling. Her experiences as one of the few female engineers at UC Berkeley and NASA, and as a first-generation immigrant, have given her much insight into the unique challenges one faces as a minority. Her goal is to continue making films that bring voice to the underrepresented communities whose experiences she shares.