Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Karin Chien: Producer & Distributor Extraordinaire

Karin Chien

Karin Chien is a producer and distributor based in New York. She’s produced ten films to date. In 2010 she won the Piaget Producers Award which honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.

Karin’s most recently released film is Circumstance, written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz, who also produced, with Karin and Melissa Lee. Circumstance won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and has just been nominated for the John Cassavetes Award (for films made under $500,000) at the Independent Spirit Awards. In post-production Karin has Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack and Diane about two girls who fall in love, and Patricia Benoit’s Stones in the Sun, about exile from Haiti.

Karin is also the founder and president of dGenerate Films. dGenerate Films distributes films from the ‘digital generation’ of Chinese cinema, the current generation of independent filmmakers, which includes “poets, painters, and journalists who use digital video as an aesthetic, social, political, or personal tool”. dGenerate’s blog is a must-read for those of us interested in filmmaking in China. The other day it linked to an absorbing podcast with Karin (including, at the end, a very graceful challenge to the interviewer that had me going YES!). Other current posts cover recent Chinese film festivals, censorship, and the new wave of Tibetan films.