Timothy A. Chey

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Tim Chey
Born July 25
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Website timchey.com

Timothy A. Chey is an American film producer, writer and director of Fakin' da Funk, Gone, Impact: The Passion of the Christ, Suing the Devil, The Genius Club, Live Fast, Die Young, Final the Rapture, Epic Journey, Freedom and David and Goliath[1]


Chey was educated at Harvard Business School and Boston University School of Law doing a joint JD/MBA. He earlier attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then got accepted to the prestigious USC Film School as an undergrad.[1][1][2][3]

Chey has been interviewed on Fox Morning News, NBC News, TBN, Entertainment Tonight, Lamb and Lions, Good News TV and his work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, VIBE TV, MTV, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, TNT, USA Networks, the Dove Awards, MovieGuide Awards, People magazine and the New York Times.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chey is a devout Christian. When not making films, Chey is active in helping with the prison ministries, nursing home ministries, and speaking at colleges, churches, and at film festivals. Chey worked as a lawyer before pursuing film full-time and still does pro-bono law for charities like the Union Rescue Mission.[5] He and his wife have two children and divide their time between Los Angeles and Honolulu.


In 1997, he wrote and directed Fakin' da Funk about a Chinese boy growing up in an African-American neighbourhood,[6] starring among others Pam Grier, Bo Jackson and Nell Carter,[7] 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.[8]

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][9] "Impact" had its debut in Dallas at the American Film Renaissance festival,[10]

In 2006, he finished writing and directing The Genius Club,[1][11] starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore,[12] Jack Scalia and Paula Jai Parker. In 2008, he finished his fifth 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]

In 2010, he wrote and directed Suing the Devil (starring Malcolm McDowell, Tom Sizemore, Rebecca St. James) about a guy who sues the devil for $8 trillion. The film was awarded the 5 Star Dove Award.[13]

In 2012, Chey wrote and directed Final the Rapture in four countries [14]

In 2012, Chey embarked on a 31 country (including Japan, Brazil, Argentina, China, United Kingdom, Egypt, Dubai, Peru, Hong Kong, et al.) journey for a film that showed people whose lives were changed by God [15]

In 2013, Chey also wrote and produced Freedom based on the early life of John Newton. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler and Sharon Leal.[16]

In 2014, Chey wrote, produced and directed David and Goliath that was shot in North Africa and finished in studios in London.[17]


5 Star Dove Award for The Genius Club (starring Trica Helfer, Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore) [18] 5 Star Dove Award for Suing the Devil (starring Malcolm McDowell, Tom Sizemore, Corbin Bernsen) [13] 4 Star Dove Award for Freedom (starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Sharon Leal)[19]


Film Year
Fakin' da Funk 1997[20]
Gone 2002[20]
Impact 2004[20]
The Genius Club 2006[20]
Live Fast, Die Young 2008[20]
Suing the Devil 2011
Final: The Rapture 2013
David and Goliath 2014
Freedom 2015
Epic Journey 2015
Slamma Jamma 2017


  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. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ Jacksonville.com
  6. ^ "Crossed Cultures". The Village Voice. July 20, 1999. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  7. ^ Gussow, Mel (October 4, 2008). "Hamptons Film Festival Just Keeps On Growing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ Facin' Da Funk awards and nominations, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  9. ^ "Taking a look at impact of 'The Passion'" (fee required). The Sacramento Bee. December 4, 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  10. ^ Schulz, Kathryn (October 24, 2004). "Con Flicks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Se estrena en México Duelo de genios, cinta sobre el terrorismo". La Crónica de Hoy. September 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  12. ^ "HERE & NOW: FILM". The Washington Post. March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  13. ^ a b Dove.org
  14. ^ Christianpost.com
  15. ^ Christiancinema.com
  16. ^ The New York Times
  17. ^ Christiantoday.com
  18. ^ Christiancinema.com
  19. ^ Dove.org
  20. ^ a b c d e Tcm.com, Tim Chey filmography at Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 10-12-2008

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