Vick Lee | Inspirational Chicago Filmmaker (Full)

Vick Lee is a Chicago-based inspirational filmmaker whose social-justice-oriented shorts tell of the Black experience in America. This inspirational cancer story portrays how a black female film director tackles the system


Josh Daniels

a year ago | 1 min read

Vick Lee |
Inspirational Chicago Filmmaker (Full)

Your Everyday Heroes is proud to feature one of today’s many
esteemed Black female film directors Vick Lee. From an early age, Lee
immersed herself in movies and TV, eventually studying film at Columbia
College Chicago. Whether telling stories of love or conflict, Lee’s body
of work always maintains a socially conscious bend. 

In November of 2020, she was unfortunately diagnosed with stage 4
lung cancer, a disease notorious for its low survival rate. Despite the
severity of her condition, her drive to create and inspire remains
unhindered. Inspirational cancer stories like Lee’s never fail to remind
us that time is precious.

Who Is Vick Lee?

Vick Lee is a Chicago-based filmmaker whose social justice-oriented
shorts tell of the Black experience in America. For her, filmmaking is a
form of activism, a medium through which she can portray the realities
of both Black struggles and Black love: “I want to see
me on film,” she explains to Your Everyday Heroes. 

Since childhood, Lee was immersed in the arts. “My family and I would
have talent shows, do dance skits, little plays, and things like that,”
she tells us.

Her budding interests would finally blossom when she attended
Columbia College Chicago. Suddenly among a diverse community of
filmmakers and other artists, Lee worked fervently to earn her place as
one of today’s many great Black female film directors. 

Lee’s passion for Black representation has won her considerable
esteem within her community, her film “Look What You’ve Done”—which
touches upon issues of police abuse—winning awards at the 2021 Founder’s
Choice of Strong Chance Film Festival, 2020 Black Truth Film Festival,
and the 2019 Founder’s Choice of Cane River Film Festival. Additionally,
her romantic drama “The Polyamorist” was an official selection at the
2018 Black Harvest Film Festival, and her latest short, 2020’s “The
Inbox Interviews,” was an official selection at a number of film
festivals, including the South Side Chicago Film Festival.


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