KARIN CHIEN is an independent film producer and distributor committed to uncompromising visions that challenge conventional paradigms. Karin works to encourage dialogue and foster community through producing, education, distribution, and curatorial projects.
Karin is the recipient of the 2015 Cinereach Producing Fellowship. She is a four-time nominee for the Independent Spirit Awards, and the recipient of the Piaget Independent Spirit 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 feature-length films, which have been honored to win 100+ film festival awards, to premiere at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and to be distributed in 20+ countries.
Karin is the president and co-founder of i love 2, a boutique production company specializing in socially conscious, short-format content. i love 2 has produced spoken word videos, experimental films, short films, PSAs, fundraising videos, and online classes.
Karin has also produced the interactive graphic novel app, VISION MACHINE, by star Marvel Comics writer Greg Pak and the dual-channel film installation, UNTITLED (STRUCTURES) by Leslie Hewitt and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young.
CURATING & DISTRIBUTING
Karin is the founder and president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of uncensored, contemporary Chinese cinema. dGenerate Films distributes 50+ narrative, documentary and experimental films from mainland China. The dGenerate Films collection is proud to be represented in the Icarus Films catalogue.
With curator Shelly Kraicer and filmmaker JP Sniadecki, Karin is a creator of Cinema on the Edge, a new global film series celebrating the best of Chinese independent film festivals.
Karin is the curator and producer of the Chinatown Film Project, the inaugural film exhibition for the Museum of Chinese in America. The exhibit features ten original short films about Manhattan’s Chinatown by twelve of New York's most celebrated filmmakers.
TEACHING, advising, organizing, & SPEAKING
Karin is the residency director of the brand new Nevada City Film Festival Filmmaker Residency program. It's an innovative program integrating creative retreat and community engagement. The residency places special emphasis on Native and Asian American mid-career filmmakers, in tribute to Nevada City's heritage & history.
Karin has taught producing and distribution classes at Temple University's LA Program, Loyola Marymount University, School of Visual Arts, New York University, the Producing Lab at Film Independent, and the Pacific New Media Center at University of Hawaii.
Karin has served as a mentor and producing advisor for the Sundance Creative Producing Lab, the Global Media Makers program at Film Independent, the Producing Lab at Film Independent, and for the Cinephilia Residency.
Karin is the founder of the CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) Fellowship, a professional year-long mentoring program pairing emerging and mid-career Asian American media professionals with veterans at the top of their fields.
Karin has been honored to speak on 50+ panels, serve on a dozen film festival juries, and serve as chair of the Independent Spirit Producers Award committee, and served on over a dozen film festival juries.
Karin has advised and consulted for LucasFilm, the Sundance Institute, the New York Times, Film Independent, IFP/New York, Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, ITVS/PBS, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society, and the Flaherty Seminar.
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.
Cinereach Producing Fellowship 2015
US Dramatic Audience Award winner, Sundance Film Festival 2011
Piaget Producer’s Award winner, Independent Spirit Awards 2010
John Cassavetes Award, nominated Independent Spirit Awards 2011 & 2010
Best First Feature Award, nominated Independent Spirit Awards 2006
The Humanitas Prize, Sundance Film Festival Award 2005