Tim Chey

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Tim Chey
Born July 25
Los Angeles, California, USA

Timothy A. Chey is a feature film writer and director of Fakin' Da Funk, Gone, Impact: The Passion of the Christ, Suing the Devil, and The Genius Club.[1]


Chey studied law at Boston University and Harvard University, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then got accepted to the prestigious USC Film School as an undergrad.[1][1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Chey is a devout Evangelical Christian. When not making films, Chey is active in helping with prison ministries, nursing home ministries, and evangelizing. Chey worked as an entertainment lawyer for 2 years.


In 1997, he wrote and directed Fakin' Da Funk about a Chinese boy growing up in an African-American neighbourhood,[4] starring among others Pam Grier, Bo Jackson, and Nell Carter,[5] for USA Networks.[1] The film was nominated for the Golden Starfish Award at the 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 1997 Urbanworld Film Festival.[6]

In 2002, Chey finished the feature film Gone, a movie about three lawyers who deal with the Rapture.[1] While working with films at USC, Chey was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Spirit of the Independent’ award for Best Director.[1]

In 2004, Chey flew around the world to make the feature documentary Impact: The Passion of the Christ that looked at the impact of the movie The Passion of the Christ around the world.[1][7] "Impact" had its debut in Dallas at the American Film Renaissance festival,[8] was released in theaters in the Sacramento-area in December 2004 and went to video shortly thereafter; it was met by mixed reviews, from both explicitly Christian and liberal reviewers.[9][10][11]

In 2006, he finished writing and directing The Genius Club,[1][12] starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore,[13] Jack Scalia, and Paula Jai Parker. In 2008, he finished his 5th film, 'Live Fast, Die Young,' about an A-list star who dies at a Hollywood party and a group of 10 Hollywood insiders seeking redemption in the aftermath.[1]


The Genius Club
Norm Schrager, Filmcricritic.com[14]
The Dove Foundation, Christian Cinema[15]
Impact: The Passion of the Christ
Jonny Lieberman, Ruthless Reviews[16]
Angie Ward, Christianity Today[17]
Joel Comm[18]
Fakin' Da Funk
Brendan Kelly, Variety[19]
Rainbow Chung, NNDB[20]



Film Year
Fakin' Da Funk 1997[21]
Gone 2002[21]
Impact 2004[21]
The Genius Club 2006[21]
Live Fast, Die Young 2008[21]
Suing the Devil 2011


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i by Donald James Parker, thechristianpulse.com, The Christian Pulse, Tim Chey featured interview, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  2. ^ highbeam.com, reprint of November 11, 2007 story in the University Wire, "Filmmaker Tim Chey gives up law, opts for UCLA Extension", Retrieved 11-12-2008
  3. ^ fancast.com, Tim Chey bio, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  4. ^ "Crossed Cultures". The Village Voice. July 20, 1999. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  5. ^ Gussow, Mel (October 4, 2008). "Hamptons Film Festival Just Keeps On Growing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  6. ^ Facin' Da Funk awards and nominations, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  7. ^ "Taking a look at impact of 'The Passion'" (fee required). The Sacramento Bee. December 4, 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ Schulz, Kathryn (October 24, 2004). "Con Flicks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  9. ^ Review by Angie Ward on Christianity Today
  10. ^ Review by Jonny Lieberman on Ruthless Reviews
  11. ^ Review by Brett Wills on Christian Spotlight
  12. ^ "Se estrena en México Duelo de genios, cinta sobre el terrorismo". La Crónica de Hoy. September 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  13. ^ "HERE & NOW: FILM". The Washington Post. March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  14. ^ by Norm Schrager, filmcritic.com,"The Genius Club, A film review by Norm Schrager", Retrieved 10-12-2008
  15. ^ The Dove Foundation, christiancinema.com, review of The Genius Club, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  16. ^ by Jonny Lieberman, ruthlessreviews.com, review of Impact: The Passion of the Christ, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  17. ^ by Angie Ward, christianitytoday.com, March 1, 2005, review of Impact: The Passion of The Christ, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  18. ^ by Joel Comm, joelcomm.com, June 8, 2004, "Gone - A Review", Retrieved 10-12-2008
  19. ^ by Brendan Kelly, variety.com, November 2, 1997, review of Fakin' Da Funk, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  20. ^ by Rainbow Chung, nndb.com, review of Fakin' Da Funk, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  21. ^ a b c d e tcm.com, Tim Chey filmography at Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 10-12-2008

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