Writer/Director/Editor Hye Mee Na immigrated with her family to the United States from South Korea when she was fifteen.
Her initial struggles with language barriers placed her in math and science classes, leading her down the path to studying behavioral biology and neuroscience at Emory University. For several years, she worked in a renowned Parkinson’s Disease Research lab where she shaved tiny rodent brains into thinner than paper slices on a glorified meat slicer. She also became an expert at bargaining for microscope parts.
In 2008, she left the world of microscopic imaging and enrolled at New York University’s prestigious MFA Film program in order to pursue her dream of filmmaking. Within four years of switching her career, she received the Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship, became an adjunct instructor at NYU, and edited Spike Lee’s feature film Red Hook Summer which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently she finished editing the season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It, a Netflix original series directed by Spike Lee, and is currently editing an action dramedy called Lucky Grandma, a feature film about an ornery, chain-smoking grandmother with a small-time gambling habit caught in the middle of a Chinese gang war.
Evident in both her background in neuroscience and her passion for filmmaking is her fascination with human behavior that strays from the perceived "norm." She is also deeply interested in exploring the factors that influence the formation of one’s identity and the perception of the “other” in her films.
Her ultimate goal as a filmmaker is to make the audience laugh and cry at the same time.