Justin Tipping is a writer/director who was born and raised in the Oakland CA Bay Area. Justin's debut feature film, KICKS, had it's world premiere opening the US Narrative competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival produced by Animal Kingdom (Short Term 12, It Follows, Louder Than Bombs) with distribution by Focus Features. He co-produced LOWRIDERS with Brian Grazer and Jason Blum for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment, starring Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria, Melissa Benoit and is set to have it's world premiere opening the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition, he has written films for Sony, TriStar Pictures, Double E Pictures, Trigger Street Productions, and The Weinstein Company. His short film, NANI, won more than a dozen awards internationally, including the Student Academy Award and the Director¹s Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award after it’s world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. As a director, Justin was selected by the Weinstein Company and Lexus to direct a short film as part of a global Lexus campaign as well as by Sony to direct a short film as part of the Sony 4k series. He holds a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory.