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.
Over the past 15 years Madsen has written and directed three Feature films and a whole bunch of short films. His features: "Players," "Happy In The Valley" and "Hated" have received awards from over 25 film festival around the world. "Players" is distributed by Screen Media Films/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, and most recently Redbox.com picked up it up for distribution Feb 2018. In 2013 Madsen and his wife relocated from sunny Los Angeles to Chicago He loves teaching at DePaul University.
Directing, Screenwriting, Cinema Production