Artist & Filmmaker
JLee MacKenzie is an American filmmaker, animator & wood-scroll artist completing his Master of Fine Arts Degree at USC School of Cinematic Arts on a George Lucas Scholarship. He holds a BFA in Creative Media from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
His films have been selected by film festivals around the world including Whoopi Goldberg's animated showcase at Tribeca Film Festival, The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and won the 2021 Jury Award for American short films at Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris.
In 2018 he was the recipient of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award, and completed his film The Greatest Night, which toured with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra while they performed the score live for their audiences.
In 2017 he received the James Goldstone Emerging Filmmaker Award from the Vermont International Film Foundation for his biographical film Hidden Blueprints, which was co-produced by Julie Pacino. Hidden Blueprints was distributed by PBS.
In 2015 he was a Screenwriting Fellow to Stowe Story Labs, and won Gold in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for his screenplay Flicker.
JLee MacKenzie’s film career began while working as a prison movie projectionist where he projected movies onto a wall for inmates to watch. There, he was inspired to become a filmmaker himself and studied screenwriting earning scholarships to college where he studied writing, directing, film production and digital film scoring.
JLee is a filmmaker and animator who works in any genre or medium with a compelling story, often focused on childhood, magical realism, comedy and uplifting stories about overcoming life challenges.