Timothy A. Chey

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Tim Chey
Born25 July
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer

Timothy A. Chey is an American film producer, writer and director. Among his films are 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, David and Goliath, and Slamma Jamma.[1]


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

Chey has been interviewed on Fox Morning News, NBC News, TBN, Entertainment Tonight, Lamb and Lions, Good News TV. His work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, VIBE TV, MTV, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, TNT, USA Networks, the Dove Awards, MovieGuide Awards, People, 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 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 neighborhood,.[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] The film was the highest-rated movie on USA Networks in 2000.[9]

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][10] "Impact" had its debut in Dallas at the American Film Renaissance festival.[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 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.[14] The film was one of the most illegally downloaded indie movies in history.[15]

In 2012, Chey wrote and directed Final the Rapture in four countries.[16]

In 2012, Chey embarked on a 31-country (including Japan, Brazil, Argentina, China, United Kingdom, Egypt, Dubai, Peru, Hong Kong, et al.) journey for The Epic Journey, a film that shows people whose lives were changed by God.[17] The film premiered on prime-time television on Daystar TV reaching over 80 million households. The film was submitted to Guinness World Records for most countries filmed in a movie.[18]

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.[19] The film premiered on Showtime Network to 55 million homes on prime-time.[20]

In 2014, Chey wrote, produced and directed David and Goliath that was shot in North Africa and finished in studios in London.[21]

In 2016, Chey produced and directed "Slamma Jamma" that was released nationwide in theaters in 281 cities on March 24, 2017. The film was the third-widest release in the nation.[22] The film stars 5-time slam-dunk champion Chris Staples, Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco, et al. The film is about a man who finds God in prison and wins the national slam dunk competition against all odds.

In 2017, Chey is producing and directing "The Islands" which is the biggest movie on Hawaii history and is based on the incredible true stories of Hawaii's beginnings from Captain Cook's arrival to King Kamehameha's unification wars through the chaotic last months of the monarchy of Queen Liliʻuokalani.[23] The film was scheduled to release on 3,000 theaters in November 2018, but that release date has been repeatedly pushed back and is now slotted for September 2019.[24]


  • 5 Star Dove Award for The Genius Club (starring Trica Helfer, Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore).[25]
  • 5 Star Dove Award for Suing the Devil (starring Malcolm McDowell, Tom Sizemore, Corbin Bernsen).[14]
  • 4 Star Dove Award for Freedom (starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Sharon Leal).[26]


Film Year
Fakin' da Funk 1997
Gone 2002
Impact 2004
The Genius Club 2006
Live Fast, Die Young 2008[27]
Suing the Devil 2011
Final: The Rapture 2013
David and Goliath 2014
Freedom 2015
Epic Journey 2015
Slamma Jamma 2017
The Islands 2019


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Parker, Donald James. "Tim Chey". The Christian Pulse. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ highbeam.com[dead link], 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[permanent dead link], Tim Chey bio, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  4. ^ Webster, Andy (4 June 2015). "Review: 'Freedom' Stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a Slave Fleeing to Canada". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ Soergel, Matt (22 May 2011). "'Suing the Devil' is latest Christian-themed film by former Orange Park atheist". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Dauphin, Gary (20 July 1999). "Crossed Cultures". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ Gussow, Mel (4 October 2008). "Hamptons Film Festival Just Keeps On Growing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  8. ^ Facin' Da Funk awards and nominations at IMDb, Retrieved 10-12-2008
  9. ^ "Fakin' da Funk". IMDb. 18 October 1997.
  10. ^ "Taking a look at impact of 'The Passion'" (fee required). The Sacramento Bee. December 4, 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  11. ^ Schulz, Kathryn (October 24, 2004). "Con Flicks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  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. ^ a b Dove.org
  15. ^ "'Suing the Devil' is one of the most illegally-downloaded movies ever". Prleap.com. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  16. ^ Sarachik, Justin; Reporter, Christian Post (5 June 2013). "'Final: The Rapture' Promises to Be 'Scariest Christian Movie of the Decade' (VIDEO)". The Christian Post. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  17. ^ Christiancinema.com
  18. ^ "'The Epic Journey' - Film Team Traveled to 36 Countries to Find God". Christian Newswire. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  19. ^ The New York Times
  20. ^ "Freedom | SHOWTIME". Sho.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  21. ^ Christiantoday.com
  22. ^ "Slamma Jamma (2017)". Box Office Mojo. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  23. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2016/08/25/50m-movie-the-islands-to-start-filming-in-hawaii.html[bare URL]
  24. ^ "The Islands (2019) - IMDb". IMDb.
  25. ^ Christiancinema.com
  26. ^ Dove.org
  27. ^ Tcm.com, Tim Chey filmography at Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 10-12-2008

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