Lee Madsen grew up as one of five boys in a career military family. Growing up with so many diverse experiences, not to mention location changes, clearly helped establish and broaden his vision as a filmmaker. By high school, Lee had already appropriated his older brother's video camera and begun making short films with his friends. What started as a hobby, eventually lead him to formally studying directing at the New York Film Academy. After school, he moved to Los Angeles and started working behind the scenes in film and television, continuing his education at UCLA's film extension program. His directing career "officially" started with a 30-minute award winning comedy short film - Becoming Irish.
Over the past 10 years Madsen has written and directed three Feature films: "Players," "Happy In The Valley" and "Hated" - His films have received over 20 film festival awards from around the world. "Players" is distributed by Screen Media Films and Universal Home Entertainment and aired on National TV (ABC). It's currently on Amazon Prime. "Hated" is distributed by Filmbuff, a top distributor of streaming content, and is available on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming platforms. "Happy In The Valley" is distributed by Indican Pictures and premiered on The Movie Channel January 2015. It's currently available on Showtime On-Demand.
In 2013 Madsen relocated from sunny Los Angeles to Chicago and began teaching at DePaul University. Since arriving here he's made a number of short films including - "Fellow Time Travelers" - "Chicagoan" -
- "Chicago Ave" - "Comp'd" (premiered at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival at The Second City Nov 2016) & "BOOM" (a 7 min. no dialogue short premiered at the Windy City Film Festival 2017).
Directing, Screenwriting, Cinema Production