Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

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Karin Chien

Award-winning independent film producer Karin Chien is teaming up with New York-based Louverture Films.

Louverture was co-founded by Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover along with partners Susan Rockefeller, Bertha Foundation and Sawsan Asfari, according to Screen Daily. The company’s credits include the Oscar-nominated documentaries “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (2018) and “Strong Island” (2017).

The first collaboration planned between Barnes and Chien is an upcoming installation project by Academy Award nominee RaMell Ross (“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”). Louverture plans to work with Chien as it expands into fiction and series projects in addition to nonfiction work.

“Over the years, we have often found immediate alignment in our values and integrity, in our tastes and aims. I can’t think of a better place right now to put in the rewarding work of pushing innovative forms of storytelling and championing a plurality of global points of view, while building radical practices of ethical filmmaking,” Chien said of the partnership, per Screen Daily.

Louverture’s current projects include Victor Kossakovsky’s “Gunda,” which has its world premiere in Berlin; Lucrecia Martel’s first documentary (in production now); Hilal Baydarov’s high-concept drama “In Between Dying”; and a new project from Oscar nominee Yance Ford (“Strong Island”).

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producing Fellowship, and the producer of 10 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 more than 100 festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin films festivals, and received distribution in 30-plus countries.

Chien has also produced museum exhibitions and interactive apps.

She co-founded and runs i love 2, a global production service company with shoots in 2018 in the U.K., Portugal, France, Italy, Germany and China. Chien is also co-creator of “Cinema on the Edge,” a screening series celebrating the best of Chinese independent film festivals, and the creator/director of the Nevada City Film Festival Residency, created to support Native and Asian American filmmakers.

Chien will also continue to serve as president of dGenerate Films, the North American distributor of independent Chinese cinema, which has worked on 70 titles in partnership with Icarus Films. She founded dGenerate in 2008.





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