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A HAPA KID FROM THE BAY AREA

Justin Tipping is a writer/director from El Cerrito, CA.  Most recently Tipping has directed episodes of television for Showtime’s BLACK MONDAY (Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells, Casey Wilson), Showtime’s THE CHI (Created by Lena Waithe Executive Produced by Common), and Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE.  He also directed the Pilot for Lena Waithe’s upcoming half hour comedy, TWENTIES.  His critically acclaimed feature film debut, KICKS, opened the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was theatrically released by Focus Features and Universal International.  He is currently in development to write and direct an untitled project with Macro (Sorry to Bother You, Mudbound) for Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, and developing the Valiant Comic HARBINGER with Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street).  As a writer he has a television series in development with Showtime as well as Gaumont Television (Narcos). In addition, he has written for FX, Universal, TriStar, Sony, and Columbia Pictures.  Tipping also produced the film LOWRIDERS for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment, starring Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria, and Melissa Benoist.  He holds an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory where his thesis film, NANI (Tsai Chin, Johnny Ortiz), won the 2012 Student Academy Award, DGA Best Asian American Student Filmmaker award, as well as many others domestic and abroad after it’s world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.