Team dGenerate

Karin Chien, President

Karin ChienIn addition to her role as President and Founder of dGenerate Films, Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City. Karin is committed to uncompromising visions that challenge conventional paradigms. Karin works to encourage international dialogue and foster community through her producing, distribution and curatorial work. In 2010, Karin won the Independent Spirit Producers Award.

Karin has produced nine 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. Karin is currently in post-production on two Sundance Lab projects: AYITI, AYITI by P. Benoit and CIRCUMSTANCE by Maryam Keshavarz.

Karin recently curated the Chinatown Film Project, an inaugural exhibition for the Museum of Chinese in America featuring original short films by Wayne Wang, Jem Cohen, Cary Fukunaga, and more. Karin is the co-founder and president of i love 2, a production company specializing in web videos, industrials, and short films.

Karin is heading a new Asian American mentoring initiative with the Center for Asian American Media, and developing a teaching artist residency program with the Rockhouse Foundation in Jamaica. Karin 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. Karin teaches independent film producing at New York University, School of Visual Arts and University of Hawaii. 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.


Brent Quan Hall, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations

Brent oversees business operations and marketing for dGenerate Films.

He has over 10 years experience in the interactive marketing space working on such blue chip clients as Microsoft, American Express, Sony, and Virgin Atlantic, at top tier advertising agencies such as AKQA, McCann Worldgroup, Digitas, & Grey Interactive. In the non-profit media space, he managed marketing and outreach for the award-winning PBS TV show FRONTLINE/World, as well as for several film and arts organizations, including the Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco International Film Festival, 3rd I, Frameline, and Zero/One.

More recently, Brent has applied his skills to startups, developing the community space/restaurant concept Alchemy Parlor Room, and co-founding QuantUM, Universal McCann’s first in-house ad network.

Brent graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies, where he met current dGenerate Films partner Karin Chien in a film class taught by pioneering Asian American filmmaker Loni Ding.


Kevin Lee, Vice President of Programming and Education

Kevin Lee is Vice President of Programming and Education for dGenerate Films. His responsibilities include identifying the best works of independent Chinese cinema for the dGenerate catalog; managing the dGenerate blog, the leading source for news, articles and information on Chinese independent film; and consulting with educators on using dGenerate films in their teaching and scholarship. He is also Editor of Fandor, a new Video on Demand website featuring the best of independent and international films. Kevin has written on film for Time Out New York, Cinema-scope, Cineaste and Senses of Cinema.

Kevin is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include the documentaries “Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity” and “Take a Look: Chinatown NYC Post-9/11.” He has produced three short films that have been broadcast on PBS’ “Reel New York” series and has screened his work at several festivals. He is currently working on a documentary to be filmed in China with director Jia Zhangke as Executive Producer.

Kevin graduated from Williams College with BA degrees in English and Asian Studies. He taught English for two years in China, where he developed his passion for Chinese cinema.


Philip Lam, Board of Directors

Philip Lam is a 20+ year veteran of the IT/New Media industries. He began his career as a top-performing analyst and manager for global consulting firms Accenture and Booz Allen & Hamilton, providing technology strategy and systems implementation for Fortune 100 companies. He later became an early-startup member of three successful high growth technology ventures during the 1990s, and subsequently continues to work as an independent executive consultant for early stage business ventures. Most recently, Mr. Lam has stepped outside of his technology career and entered the independent film industry, as executive producer for UNDOING (2006) and associate producer for SANTA MESA (2008), two full-length feature films with ethnic/cultural underpinnings.

Mr. Lam earned his B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.