Talent Guide

Karin Chien

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2010


Karin Chien has produced seven feature-length films, including The Exploding Girl (2009), The Motel (2005), and Robot Stories (2002). Her films have won over 60 film festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and secured international distribution. She is currently in post-production on two Sundance Lab projects: Untitled Haiti Project by P. Benoit and Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz, and in pre-production Bradley Rust Gray’s film Jack and Diane. Chien is the founder and president of dGenerate Films, the leading non-theatrical distributor of independent and uncensored cinema from mainland China. She is also the co-founder and president of i love 2, a production company specializing in web videos, industrials, and short films. Chien has served on the Rockefeller Media Fellowships selection panel, on the Hawaii and New York Asian film festival juries, and on the advisory boards for the IFP/New York and Tribeca All Access. Chien won the Piaget Producers Awrd at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Chien 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.

Current Project

Jack and Diane(Narrative Feature)


JACK and DIANE, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane's charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack's tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving she pushes her away. Unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane's emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. Through these awkward and insecure feelings, the two girls must struggle to turn their first love into an enduring one. http://www.dgeneratefilms.com http://dgeneratefilms.com/digital-underground