Danny Lee (filmmaker)

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Danny Lee
BornLos Angeles, California
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer

Danny Lee is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter from Los Angeles, California.


Danny Lee has directed and produced a variety of work including documentary films, short series and branded content. He is most well known for directing the award-winning docuseries 30 for 30: Friedman’s Shoes for ESPN, about the storied shoe store in Atlanta.[1][2] In 2005, Lee released his directorial debut at the AFI Fest with Rock Fresh, a candid documentary about graffiti artists taking their subversive art mainstream.[3][4]

In 2010, Lee created, wrote and directed The Clinic, a Hulu comedy series about a marijuana dispensary.[5][6] Lee directed Road To Brooklyn, a documentary series executive produced by Jay-Z, which chronicled the story of the Brooklyn Nets relocating from New Jersey to Brooklyn; the series was a 2013 Webby Awards honoree.[7][8] He directed the documentaries Midnight in Juarez and Skate or Die, the latter of which was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution; he also directed Roll on Rockaway, which was a 2014 Webby Awards honoree.[9][10] Lee has also directed the Nissan-branded ESPN series With Dad featuring Clay Matthews Jr., which won the 2015 Cynop[11] sis Best Branded Web Series award.[3][12] His television series, After The Raves, which documents the history of dance music with Tommie Sunshine, is currently airing on Red Bull TV.[13][14][15] Lee also directed the .[16] Lee is working on Public Disturbance, a feature comedy he directed and produced for Lionsgate that stars Mike Tyson, Skyler Samuels, Amber Stevens West, Bobby Lee, Dillon Francis, and The Janoskians.[17][18][19]

Lee was featured in Paper Magazine's March 2007 Beautiful People issue.[20] In 2008, the Korean Film Council named Lee the recipient of the Best Project Award, along with a cash grant for his feature film script, Winter War.[4][21] Lee is the principal of production company Calico.[3][22]


Year Title Director Notes
2005 Rock Fresh Yes
2010 The Clinic Yes
2012 Road To Brooklyn Yes
2012 Skate or Die Yes
2013 Detroit Rubber Yes
2013 Road Trippp Yes
2013 Roll on Rockaway Yes
2014 Midnight In Juarez Yes
2015 With Dad Yes
2015 After The Raves Yes
2016 30 For 30 Shorts: Friedman's Shoes Yes
2018 Public Disturbance Yes


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  2. ^ Mier, P. D.; van den Hurk, J. J. (July 1975). "Lysosomal hydrolases of the epidermis. I. Glycosidases". The British Journal of Dermatology. 93 (1): 1–10. ISSN 0007-0963. PMID 30.
  3. ^ a b c "Danny Lee Works". Dannyleeworks.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Kofic declares Lee's 'War' a winner". Variety.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "'The Clinic' Blazes Across Hulu". Tubefilter.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Office + Weeds = The Clinic - PAPERMAG". Papermag.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Road to Brooklyn". Webbyawards.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "Life + Times Continues The 'Road To Brooklyn' With "The Look"". Vibe.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service - Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America". Sites.si.edu. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Red Bulletin presents: Roll on Rockaway". Webbyawards.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "Friedman's Shoes - ESPN Films: 30 for 30". Espn.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "2015 Cynopsis Model D Awards - Results - Cynopsis MediaCynopsis Media". Cynopsis.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "Tommie Sunshine Documents Dance Music History in 'After The Raves' Series". Billboard.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Tommie Sunshine Travels the World for Red Bull TV's 'After the Raves'". Https:. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Tommie Sunshine Explores Miami Dance Music in Red Bull TV's After the Raves". Miaminewtimes.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  16. ^ "Realscreen » Archive » ESPN readies '30 for 30 Shorts' slate". Realscreen.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mike Tyson Joins Prank-Comedy Pic 'Public Disturbance'". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  18. ^ "Mike Tyson Joins The Janoskians Film Public Disturbance". Indiewire.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Mike Tyson on board for prankster comedy Public Disturbance". Ew.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "Beautiful People 2007: Danny Lee - PAPERMAG". Papermag.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "KOFIC Awards Danny Lee 2008 FDL Grant". Koreanfilm.or.kr. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  22. ^ "CALICO". Calico.la. Retrieved September 25, 2016.

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