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dGenerate Films dGenerate Films is the leading distributor of contemporary independent film from mainland China to audiences worldwide. @dGenerateFilms on Instagram.

Established in 2008 by a team of filmmakers, writers and media innovators, dGenerate Films is the leading distributor of independent Chinese film in North America. We are dedicated to supporting these unprecedented movies and their makers, proudly taking our name from world cinema’s newest digitally-driven visionaries: the d-Generation.

Established in 2008 by a team of filmmakers, writers and media innovators, dGenerate Films is the leading distributor of independent Chinese film in North America. We are dedicated to supporting these unprecedented movies and their makers, proudly taking our name from world cinema’s newest digitally-driven visionaries: the d-Generation.

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CLOSING NIGHT OF PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT!🎥 A NEW OLD PLAY, dir. Qiu Jiongjiong. 📍 Anthology Film Archives ⏰ 7:00 PMTickets s...
05/27/2022

CLOSING NIGHT OF PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT!

🎥 A NEW OLD PLAY, dir. Qiu Jiongjiong.
📍 Anthology Film Archives ⏰ 7:00 PM
Tickets still available 🎟️ bit.ly/3N3Qlo6

BLUE ISLAND has been awarded CAAMFest 2022 Documentary Award! Congrats to the BLUE ISLAND team! Keep an eye on the Icaru...
05/25/2022

BLUE ISLAND has been awarded CAAMFest 2022 Documentary Award! Congrats to the BLUE ISLAND team!

Keep an eye on the Icarus Films "In Theaters" listings to see when BLUE ISLAND is coming to a theater near you: icarusfilms.com/other/playdate

⭐ A NEW OLD PLAY is a NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC'S PICK! ⭐"Per the title, Qiu Jiongjiong’s magnificently layered historical e...
05/19/2022
‘A New Old Play’ Review: Even the Clown Show Must Go On

⭐ A NEW OLD PLAY is a NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC'S PICK! ⭐

"Per the title, Qiu Jiongjiong’s magnificently layered historical epic, “A New Old Play,” draws as much from Brecht and Beckett as from cinematic traditions. At once tragedy and farce, it breathes new life into a story as old as civilization." —Austin Considine, The New York Times

U.S. premiere theatrical engagement opens tomorrow, Friday, May 20 at Anthology Film Archives and coming soon to a theater near you!

Read the full review 📰 nytimes.com/2022/05/19/movies/a-new-old-play-review.html
Get tickets for A NEW OLD PLAY at Anthology Film Archives 🎟️ bit.ly/3N3Qlo6

Qiu Jiongjiong’s absurdist epic of 20th century China is both a movie and a play, both tragedy and farce.

05/18/2022

“I haven’t seen a more aesthetically (and historically) daring, brilliant independent feature from China in years.” –Shelly Kraicer

A masterpiece of cinema, theatre, and storytelling, Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY opens for its U.S. theatrical premiere run THIS FRIDAY, May 20th at NYC's Anthology Film Archives, before arriving at select theaters nationwide this year!

See you there, NYC! 🎟️ bit.ly/3N3Qlo6

"Chinese director Qiu Jiongjiong daringly and imaginatively dramatizes twentieth-century Chinese political history," wri...
05/17/2022
A New Old Play | The New Yorker

"Chinese director Qiu Jiongjiong daringly and imaginatively dramatizes twentieth-century Chinese political history," writes Richard Brody for The New Yorker. 📰 https://bit.ly/3MnmaZd

A NEW OLD PLAY opens THIS FRIDAY 5/20 at Anthology Film Archives for its premiere U.S. theatrical run! 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3N3Qlo6

MoviesA New Old PlayPhotograph courtesy Icarus FilmsIn “A New Old Play,” the Chinese director Qiu Jiongjiong daringly and imaginatively dramatizes twentieth-century Chinese political history—despite ongoing censorship in China—through the epoch-spanning story of a small theatre company. The ...

Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art presents online retrospective THE DARING, INNOVATIVE FILMS OF QIU JIONGJIONG ...
05/13/2022
Qiu Jiongjiong and A New Old Play

Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art presents online retrospective THE DARING, INNOVATIVE FILMS OF QIU JIONGJIONG - beginning today, 5/13, through 5/29! The director's newest masterpiece, Icarus Films release A NEW OLD PLAY, will screen 6/5 as part of the retrospective, after having its premiere theatrical run Anthology Film Archives 5/20 in New York City.

Check out Criterion Daily's coverage 📰 bit.ly/3wbf0Bp

Online retrospective ▶️ s.si.edu/3wpcw1e

Anthology Film Archives premiere 🎟️ bit.ly/3N3Qlo6

Before Qiu’s award-winning feature opens in theaters, the National Museum of Asian Art will present an online retrospective.

Check out what's new today on OVID.tv from our friends over at Kino Lorber! ⬇️⬇️⬇️
05/12/2022
Long Day's Journey Into Night

Check out what's new today on OVID.tv from our friends over at Kino Lorber! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Directed by Bi Gan • Drama • With Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang • 2019 • 140 minutes Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution). Following leads ...

Battle of Memories
05/12/2022
Battle of Memories

Battle of Memories

Directed by Leste Chen • Drama • With Bo Huang, Jinglei Xu, Yihong Duan, Zishan Yang • 2017 • 120 minutes When a famous writer (Huang Bo) decides to have his memories wiped to forget a divorce, he regrets it. Attempting to recover the memories, he becomes haunted by psychopathic thoughts, ac...

#CAAMFest40 starts today! The Center for Asian American Media Film Festival is celebrating their 40th anniversary, and I...
05/12/2022
Blue Island

#CAAMFest40 starts today!

The Center for Asian American Media Film Festival is celebrating their 40th anniversary, and Icarus Films release BLUE ISLAND will have its WEST COAST PREMIERE at CAAMFest this Sunday, March 15th at the Great Star Theatre, located in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Get your tickets! 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3wkgDvD

Generations of people have been fighting for freedom in Hong Kong. Three characters speak of their fight as Hongkongers in interviews interwoven with dramatic retellings and archival footage. This intergenerational film is an expansive tapestry that encompasses their vision and dreams for a beloved....

We're celebrating BLUE ISLAND's Best International Feature Documentary win at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentar...
05/09/2022
BLUE ISLAND wins HotDocs 2022, qualifies for Best Documentary, Academy Award

We're celebrating BLUE ISLAND's Best International Feature Documentary win at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, lauded by #HotDocs22 jury members as a "rich, socially-grounded cinematic tapestry."

Now taking booking & press requests! Learn more: mailchi.mp/icarusfilms/blue-island-wins-hot-docs-2022?e=695e0e87fe

2022 Hot Docs Festival - Day 9
05/09/2022

2022 Hot Docs Festival - Day 9

Award Reception

憂鬱之島 Blue Island

Photo by: Joseph Michael Photography

A gripping cinema verite doc on China's one-child policy, MOTHERS offers a powerful feminist perspective as we watch men...
05/03/2022

A gripping cinema verite doc on China's one-child policy, MOTHERS offers a powerful feminist perspective as we watch men developing and enforcing reproductive policies for women.

Available on VOD & Educational DVD: icarusfilms.com/df-mom

“Urgent, remarkable, genre-defying. Political bravery and aesthetic daring.” — #NDNFTomorrow brings BLUE ISLAND to Ameri...
04/29/2022
Blue Island

“Urgent, remarkable, genre-defying. Political bravery and aesthetic daring.” — #NDNF

Tomorrow brings BLUE ISLAND to American audiences for the first time, with the US PREMIERE at New Directors/New Films Festival 2022. Screening Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st, with director Chan Tze Woon in attendance.

🎟️ bit.ly/3rNTzUz

The large-scale 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and the subsequent crackdown on freedoms provide the urgent anchoring point for this remarkable vision from HK filmmaker Chan Tze Woon, a genre-defying plunge into the political morass that has been ever-widening between the former colony and....

Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv
04/28/2022
Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

In the late '90s, Xiaogang Feng emerged as one of Asia’s most successful commercial directors for his black comedies about the lives of common people in a rapidly changing China. In the past 15 years, his films have become more ambitious and have pushed the boundaries of Chinese cinema. He is oft....

Only Cloud Knows - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv
04/28/2022
Only Cloud Knows - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

Only Cloud Knows - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

Directed by Xiaogang Feng • Drama • With Xuan Huang, Caiyu Yang, Fan Yu • 2019 • 132 minutes After the death of his wife, a man decides to retrace their steps from the past, looking to reconnect with old friends and make right promises he made before her death. "What could have been rather m...

Youth - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv
04/28/2022
Youth - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

Youth - Xiaogang Feng - OVID.tv

Directed by Xiaogang Feng • Drama • With Xuan Huang, Caiyu Yang, Miao Miao • 2017 • 137 minutes Performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations; from escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives in thi...

04/27/2022

NEW RELEASE! With courage and sensitivity, blending documentary and drama, Chan Tze Woon's BLUE ISLAND confronts the large-scale protests in Hong Kong. The newest from The dGenerate Films Collection. An Icarus Films Release.

🎟️ WORLD PREMIERE at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2022
🗓️ 4/28 & 5/2 https://bit.ly/3rR49Kg

🎟️ US PREMIERE at New Directors/New Films 2022
🗓️ 4/30 & 5/1 https://bit.ly/3rNTzUz

Announcing the WORLD PREMIERE of Chan Tze Woon's BLUE ISLAND at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 202...
04/27/2022
Blue Island | Hot Docs

Announcing the WORLD PREMIERE of Chan Tze Woon's BLUE ISLAND at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2022, screening April 28th & May 2nd.

“Timely and resonant, BLUE ISLAND [grapples with the fact that] Hong Kong as we once knew it is no more.” - #HotDocs

🎟️ https://bit.ly/3rR49Kg

Watch the world’s best documentaries at the annual Hot Docs Festival each spring, and year-round at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and on Hot Docs at Home.

Check out Icarus Films Spring 2022 New Releases - more than twenty new titles, including brand new dGenerate Films Colle...
04/20/2022
Icarus Films: 2022 New Releases

Check out Icarus Films Spring 2022 New Releases - more than twenty new titles, including brand new dGenerate Films Collection releases such as A NEW OLD PLAY, BLUE ISLAND, and more!

Find out #WhereToWatch: icarusfilms.com/other/newrelease

Distributing innovative and provocative documentary films from independent producers around the world.

OUTCRY AND WHISPER is a part of Cinemapolis & Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival this week! Shot ...
03/29/2022
Outcry and Whisper | Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

OUTCRY AND WHISPER is a part of Cinemapolis & Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival this week!

Shot over eight years, this highly personal documentary from directors Hai Wen and Jinyan Zeng chronicles women's oppression and resistance in mainland China and Hong Kong. Animated directed by Trish McAdam.

Don't miss a talkback with directors Jinyan Zeng and Trish McAdam this upcoming Saturday, April 2nd over Zoom!

Learn more & register here: bit.ly/3JOHsxu

"Collects together a diverse array of female voices raised in protest in Hong Kong and China. There is no denying the cumulative power of these accounts of the female experience of oppression, in all its many guises." —Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

03/24/2022
US Premiere: Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY

Due to popular demand and a SOLD OUT premiere at #FirstLookFest last weekend, Museum of the Moving Image has added an encore screening of Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY this Saturday! Go see what all the buzz is about, NYC!

TICKETS >>🎟️ bit.ly/3iBqU02

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly cand...
03/21/2022
Watch The Transition Period Online | Vimeo On Demand

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level. THE TRANSITION PERIOD, now available to rent or buy on Vimeo [3.99/9.99]!

vimeo.com/ondemand/thetransitionperiod

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local…

Chinese Portrait
03/21/2022
Chinese Portrait

Chinese Portrait

Directed by WANG Xiao Shuai • Documentary • With Liu Xiaodong • 2018 • 79 minutes From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film...

Are you ready, Los Angeles? 74th Locarno Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner, Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY screen...
03/19/2022

Are you ready, Los Angeles? 74th Locarno Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner, Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY screens today at Locarno in Los Angeles at the Acropolis Cinema. 🎟️bit.ly/35THdCF

Today's the day, NYC! Chinese artist & filmmaker Qiu Jiongjiong's epic new work A NEW OLD PLAY premieres at Museum of th...
03/18/2022

Today's the day, NYC! Chinese artist & filmmaker Qiu Jiongjiong's epic new work A NEW OLD PLAY premieres at Museum of the Moving Image's #FirstLookFest 2022! 🎟️bit.ly/3tdp1fV

03/17/2022
US Premiere: Qiu Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY

This weekend, the US Premiere of A NEW OLD PLAY at two acclaimed North American festivals:

Museum of the Moving Image's #FirstLookFest: Friday, March 18th & Saturday, March 26th
🎟️ bit.ly/3tdp1fV

Locarno In Los Angeles at Acropolis Cinema: Saturday, March 19th
🎟️ bit.ly/35THdCF

Two from Chinese director HUANG Weikai, now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo!Weikai weaves footage from a dozen a...
03/17/2022

Two from Chinese director HUANG Weikai, now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo!

Weikai weaves footage from a dozen amateur videographers into a unique symphony of urban social dysfunction in DISORDER: icarusfilms.com/df-diso

FLOATING follows Yang, a vagrant singer from China's rural Henan region who earns his living by singing in the subways of urban business centers: icarusfilms.com/df-flo

Suburban Birds
03/17/2022
Suburban Birds

Suburban Birds

Directed by QIU sheng • Drama • With Yihao Chen, Zhihao Chen, Jing Deng • 2018 • 118 minutes A striking debut from China’s Qiu Sheng, SUBURBAN BIRDS is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called ...

A New Old Play — Locarno in Los Angeles
03/16/2022
A New Old Play — Locarno in Los Angeles

A New Old Play — Locarno in Los Angeles

It’s a slice of my own history and my family’s; but also a travelogue of minstrels wandering together through this world and the next. They are my immediate forebears, and this is my ‘pre-biography’.

"Not just a film, but the grandiose work of an artist and a visionary." -Locarno Film FestivalNew from dGenerate Films, ...
03/16/2022

"Not just a film, but the grandiose work of an artist and a visionary." -Locarno Film Festival

New from dGenerate Films, director Qiu Jiongjiong's first fiction film A NEW OLD PLAY premieres at two acclaimed festivals this weekend. Be introduced to an epic work on the big screen:

Museum of the Moving Image's #FirstLookFest 2022

✨March 18th - More tickets added due to high demand!
✨March 26th - Encore screening added!
🎟️ bit.ly/3tdp1fV

Acropolis Cinema presents Locarno in Los Angeles 2022
*A NEW OLD PLAY won Locarno Film Festival's Special Jury Prize: International Competition!

✨March 19th
🎟️ bit.ly/35THdCF

A 2019 Ford Foundation report urged big investments in #documentary orgs led by and serving people of color to build a m...
01/18/2022

A 2019 Ford Foundation report urged big investments in #documentary orgs led by and serving people of color to build a more inclusive sector and help reshape narratives that reinforce inequality. A new org has launched to do that work.

Announcing the Color Congress! www.colorcongress.org

Led by impact veterans @sddriver + @SonyaChildress, the Color Congress will build a nat'l collective of majority people of color (POC) and POC-led organizations aimed at centering and strengthening nonfiction storytelling by, for and about people of color.

The org is launching with two virtual events at #Sundance2022 and a new fund for POC-led and serving documentary organizations in the U.S. and territories.

Get more info about the events and grant criteria here: www.colorcongress.org

NOW STREAMING on OVID: three films from acclaimed HK director Ann Hui, presented with 北美华狮电影 China Lion Film  Hui is a t...
01/15/2022
Ann Hui - OVID.tv

NOW STREAMING on OVID: three films from acclaimed HK director Ann Hui, presented with 北美华狮电影 China Lion Film

Hui is a trailblazing figure in the Hong Kong new wave, and her exceptional work is a must-see for cinephiles everywhere!

Watch now: https://www.ovid.tv/ann-hui

With a career spanning five decades, Ann HUI (1947, China) is considered one of the most renowned filmmakers from Hong Kong. She studied English and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong, before studying at the London Film School for two years. Like many other Hong Kong filmmakers...

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