Posted in by karin526 - Dec 10, 2008
KARIN CHIEN is an independent film producer committed to uncompromising visions that challenge conventional paradigms. Karin works to encourage international dialogue and foster community through her films, distribution network, and curatorial projects.
Karin is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee and the recipient of the 2010 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award, given to “producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality independent films.” Karin has produced 10 independent feature films in the past 10 years. (See Films page.)
Karin’s films have won over 75 film festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and secured distribution in over 40 international territories.
Karin is the president and co-founder of i love 2, a New York-based production company specializing in short-format video. i love 2 has produced music videos, spoken word videos, experimental films, short films, PSAs, and industrials.
Most recently Karin produced the interactive digital comic app, VISION MACHINE, by star Marvel Comics writer Greg Pak and the dual-channel film installation, UNTITLED (STRUCTURES) by Leslie Hewitt and three-time Sundance award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young.
Karin is the curator and producer of the Chinatown Film Project, an inaugural film exhibition for the Museum of Chinese in America. The exhibit features ten original short films about Manhattan’s Chinatown by twelve celebrated New York filmmakers - Wayne Wang, Miguel Arteta, Jem Cohen, Cary Fukunaga, Rose Troche, Patty Chang, Amir Naderi, Sam Pollard, So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray, Rich Wong, and Shelly Silver. The Chinatown Film Project also has a dedicated YouTube channel hosting videos set in Chinatowns all over the world.
TEACHING and SPEAKING
Karin has taught independent film producing workshops and classes at School of Visual Arts, New York University, Temple University, Film Independent’s Producing Lab, University of Hawaii Pacific New Media Center and through ZuZu Films in Los Angeles.
Karin has spoken on over 50 panels, chaired the 2011 Independent Spirit Producers Award committee, served on over a dozen film festival juries, including most recently for Slamdance and LAFF.
Karin has advised/consulted for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IFP/New York, Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, ITVS/PBS, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society, and the Flaherty Seminar.
Karin is the creator and director of the CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) Fellowship, a professional mentoring program pairing emerging and mid-career media professionals with veterans at the top of their fields.
Karin received a Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Berkeley.