The Absence of You

New York Times published photographer & award-winning documentarian Christian Lee crafts a lyrical and poetic tribute to his late grandfather.

  • Christian Lee
  • Christian Lee
  • Christian Lee
  • Christian Lee
    Key Cast
  • Francis Inouye
    Key Cast
    "Himself "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Whittier Christian High School
Director Biography - Christian Lee

Christian Lee is a New York Times published photographer and a National YoungArts Winner whose work received international recognition from over thirty competitions & publications, including the Sony World Photography Awards, Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue, W.W. Norton & Company, Fujifilm, the University of Cambridge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He works as a High School Insider journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

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Director Statement

Using iPhone footage & old family pictures, I created the film as a tribute to my late grandfather, whose encouragement & support allowed me to thrive as an artist. The narration is drawn from an open letter that I wrote a day after his passing. The piece took several long & emotional months to assemble, and I’m so honored that you’re considering it for selection.