dGenerate Films origin story profiled in Perfect Stranger magazine
Updated: Oct 24, 2019
How did dGenerate Films come to be?
dGenerate Films founder and president Karin Chien recently published a short history of dGenerate Films in the inaugural issue of Perfect Strangers magazine – a publication dedicated to cross-cultural reflections and exchanges that answer the question “how does the world meet itself?”
The article traces the dGenerate story from the serendipitous invitation to a screening of Ou Ning and Cao Fei’s “breathtaking” and brilliantly experimental documentary San Yuan Li that led to a journey to the largely-unsung corners of Chinese cinema culture, and an exploration of Chinese-American identity. From the early days of haphazard screenings and border crossings between China and the US laden with bags of screeners, to the challenges of finding a new audience for a remarkable generation of bold Chinese filmmakers, to dGenerate’s partnership with Icarus Films, Karin Chien’s story of dGenerate Films is a personal odyssey about the joys and struggles of developing a new relationship to China, and to cultivating a new, shared cinematic language. The full article can be read here.
Thanks to Perfect Strangers magazine for helping tell the dGenerate Films story!