Founder, dGenerate Films
Karin Chien is a producer, educator and distributor committed to championing independent voices. Karin is the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award, and the producer of ten independent feature films, including STONES IN THE SUN (2012), JACK AND DIANE (2012), CIRCUMSTANCE (2011), THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002). Her films have won over 100 festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Films Festivals, been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards and received distribution in over 20 countries. Karin is the founder/president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent, uncensored cinema from mainland China, and the co-creator of the Cinema on the Edge screening series. Karin is also the creator of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship, a mentoring program for Asian American media professionals. Karin is the co-founder of i love 2, a boutique production company specializing in short-format socially conscious media. Karin has served on dozens of film festival juries, grant panels, and consulted for the Sundance Institute, New York Times, Film Independent, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and many more.