Episode 102

Christopher Naoki Lee ·  Promoting Social Change and Diverse Representation With “Dinner Party”

Christopher Naoki Lee is a Los Angeles native, with a BFA in theater from New York University, and has been working in the industry for nearly 25 years, recently wrapping up a season long arc as Ken Uehara on the critically acclaimed AMC series, The Terror. He’s recurred on Amazon’s Too Old To Die Young and Jean Claude Van Johnson, Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest, among others.


Chris has written and directed digital series to pilots, but his feature film directorial debut, Dinner Party, is far more personal. He wanted to tell the story of a group of diverse friends, not dissimilar to his experience, that have to grapple with the changing of their current times, where issues of race, gender equality, classism have come to the fore front of the modern conversation. His aim for this film is to help facilitate that dialogue even further, showing that there is always more than one side to a story, and that we can become a beacon of positive change if we so choose to be. As a person of color, it’s an honor for Chris Naoki Lee to depict such a diverse ensemble on screen with these incredible collaborators on Dinner Party. It truly takes a village.


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