Born the youngest of five girls from a traditional Chinese American family, Patti Lee did the unthinkable and went into show business. After graduating UCLA film school, Patti began her career lighting feature films, commercials, music videos and television shows, working first as a set lighting technician for esteemed cinematographers Newton Thomas Sigel, Guillermo Navarro, Russ Alsobrook and Kees Van Oostrum, then later as a gaffer. All during that time, she continued to sharpen her skills as a cinematographer on independent projects. Her perseverance paid off, and she got her first big break as Director of Photography on “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX). Since then, she has been busy on many other single and multi-camera TV shows including "Superior Donuts” (CBS), “Perfect Couples” (NBC) and indie comedy, FAT CAMP, shot in her hometown, Los Angeles.
In addition to shooting, Patti Lee produced the Emmy® nominated feature documentary, A SMALL ACT, which premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO. The film was named by Roger Ebert as one of “The Best Documentaries of 2010.”