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Jinyoung Lee

Founder & Film Director, Now Production Films

Metro Region: Hawaii

Member Since: 2023

Jinyoung Lee, an award-winning journalist-turned-filmmaker, has been on a creative journey since relocating to Hawaii from Seoul, Korea in 2005. Seamlessly transitioning from journalism to cinema, she leverages her extensive background in Korean media.

In 2012, Lee founded Now Production Films with a compelling vision—to craft impactful films fostering intergenerational connections and bridging cultural divides. Her debut film, “The Words of Wisdom from the Rainbow State” (2021), earned global acclaim and featured in prestigious film festivals, including the 41st Hawaii International Film Festival. In her latest project, “Songs of Love” (2024), Lee blends cultures through music, weaving rare historic photographs with performances by world-renowned musicians.

Recognized for her visionary pursuits, Jinyoung Lee has received accolades such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea’s Digital Public Diplomacy Content Award. She is also the recipient of the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award from both the Liberty International Movie Festival and the Tagore International Film Festival.

Jinyoung Lee received a BA degree in Journalism and Multimedia from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. Beyond her contributions to filmmaking, Jinyoung passionately engages with her community as a dedicated cellist in the local orchestra and serves on the board of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.