dGenerate Films

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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The San Diego Asian Film Festival at Pacific Arts Movement kicks off TOMORROW!SoCal, don't miss screenings of Wang Qiong...
10/27/2021
Film Guides

The San Diego Asian Film Festival at Pacific Arts Movement kicks off TOMORROW!

SoCal, don't miss screenings of Wang Qiong's ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS and the HK Documentary Filmmakers' INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL, two striking new docs from bold new voices in cinema.

Tickets & Info: https://sdaff.org/2021/home/film-guides/

Film Guides

BROOKLYN: Don't miss the Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers' TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE and INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL, sc...
10/21/2021
Light Industry

BROOKLYN: Don't miss the Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers' TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE and INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL, screening Sat, 10/23 at Light Industry

Taking Back the Legislature and Inside the Red Brick Wall depict two critical events in Hong Kong’s relentless 2019 protests, illuminating the messy scrum of direct actions—their tensions, desperation, and stakes—in unflinching detail. Produced collectively and credited anonymously out of concern for the filmmakers’ safety, they present a formal challenge to the tropes and ethics of documentary filmmaking that have come to redefine Hong Kong cinema.

Details & Tickets: http://www.lightindustry.org/hk

Taking Back the Legislature, Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers, 2020, digital projection, 47 mins Inside the Red Brick Wall, Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers, 2020, digital projection, 88 mins

10/15/2021

💥OPENING TODAY💥

Director Wang Qiong's stunning debut doc ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS screens Oct 15 - 24 at Anthology Film Archives

“Piercing; bristling with the kind of familial rancor that usually only emerges behind closed doors.” - The New York Times

Qiong will be in-person for Q&As following the Fri/Sat/Sun screenings!

Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/AnthologyFilmTickets

👁Discover the poetic filmography of Tibetan director Pema Tseden! Our new collection features four of his most iconic ti...
10/06/2021
Pema Tseden - OVID.tv

👁Discover the poetic filmography of Tibetan director Pema Tseden!

Our new collection features four of his most iconic titles: JINPA, THE SEARCH, THARLO, and OLD DOG

Watch now:

Pema Tseden is a Tibetan director and writer. Born in 1969, he started his carrier by doing several short films, before directing in 2005 his first feature The Silent Holy Stones, the first film in Tibetan shot in Tibet with a Tibetan cast and crew. His films The Search (2008), Old Dog (2010), Th...

10/06/2021
Not Found - The New York Times

From The New York Times Opinion Section on the struggles of making space for independent docs:

"OVID, a small streaming service that carries high-quality documentaries, can’t get a reply from Amazon, although it has repeatedly sought a channel on Amazon’s website. And there’s no one to ask why.”

[And first-up is Pema Tseden's OLD DOG! Plus an extra "behind-the-scenes" of his most recent film, JINPA] Both on Octobe...
09/24/2021
OVID’s October Releases: Marguerite Duras' "Le Navire Night," Mario Ruspoli retrospective, documentaries exploring the Jewish diaspora, Jim Finn's indescribable “Utopian comedies” & more! - metafilm | OVID.tv

[And first-up is Pema Tseden's OLD DOG! Plus an extra "behind-the-scenes" of his most recent film, JINPA] Both on October 1st. > Just announced - 28 films coming to OVID in October > https://metafilm.ovid.tv/.../ovids-october-releases.../ < Including 22 that are "Exclusive Streaming Premieres", only on Ovid!

OVID.tv, the curated streaming destination for documentary and art-house films from around the world, announces its wide-ranging selection of films coming in October.

06/30/2021

OVID has the very best of the dGenerate film collection available to stream. Check-out the catalog and sign up for your free 7-day trial: ovid.tv/dgenerate-film-collection

Hong Kong is now under the strict censorship rules as the rest of our films from mainland China. The two Hong Kong prote...
06/14/2021
China’s National Security Rules Injected Into Hong Kong Film Censorship System

Hong Kong is now under the strict censorship rules as the rest of our films from mainland China. The two Hong Kong protest films we're distributing were among the first to be targeted: variety.com/2021/film/news/hong-kong-film-censorship-national-security-law-1234994226/

Learn about the films:
icarusfilms.com/df-brick
icarusfilms.com/df-legis

Hong Kong on Friday issued new amendments to its film classification rules, effectively injecting Beijing’s strict censorship standards on the previously liberal territory. Hong Kong censors previo…

New on OVID: The documentary OXHIDE joins OXHIDE II on the service: ovid.tv/videos/oxhideLiu Jiayin cast her parents and...
05/05/2021
Oxhide

New on OVID: The documentary OXHIDE joins OXHIDE II on the service: ovid.tv/videos/oxhide

Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. Through the daily travails of city life, a genuine picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges on screen.

Directed by LIU Jiayin • Documentary • 2005 • 110 minutes Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family. Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her ...

Our recent release of Jill Li's LOST COURSE https://www.ovid.tv/videos/lost-course is now streaming on OVID.tv It is act...
05/04/2021
Lost Course

Our recent release of Jill Li's LOST COURSE https://www.ovid.tv/videos/lost-course is now streaming on OVID.tv It is actually just one of 38 independent Chinese films now on OVID! https://www.ovid.tv/china-1

Directed by Jill Li • Documentary • 2020 • 180 minutes Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers' land, ...

Oxhide
05/04/2021
Oxhide

Oxhide

Directed by LIU Jiayin • Documentary • 2005 • 110 minutes Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family. Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her ...

Lost Course
05/04/2021
Lost Course

Lost Course

Directed by Jill Li • Documentary • 2020 • 180 minutes Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers' land, ...

Here are all the films coming to OVID in May! > https://mailchi.mp/ovid/may-releases?e=%5bUNIQID%5d < Exclusive streamin...
04/25/2021
May on OVID: Exclusive Streaming Premieres of "Lost Course," "Devil in the Flesh," Dance Camera West Festival and more

Here are all the films coming to OVID in May! > https://mailchi.mp/ovid/may-releases?e=%5bUNIQID%5d < Exclusive streaming premieres include Jill Li's "Lost Course", Marco Bellocchio's "Devil in the Flesh," Resnais & Schoendoerffer Restorations, the Dance Camera West Festival, and more.

OVID.tv is an innovative subscription video-on-demand service launched with a collaborative effort between Docuseek, LLC and eight founding content partners. Today OVID works with thirty content partners from around the world. OVID.tv: metafilm is its recently launched blog - http://metafilm.OVID.tv...

OVID.tv's April schedule is pretty amazing - not only many great features and docs but also the premiere and exclusive s...
03/27/2021
OVID’s April Releases: Peter Watkins' "La Commune (Paris, 1871)" & more! - metafilm | OVID.tv

OVID.tv's April schedule is pretty amazing - not only many great features and docs but also the premiere and exclusive streaming presentation of Peter Watkins' incredible epic LA COMMUNE (PARIS 1871) https://metafilm.ovid.tv/.../ovids-february-releases.../ - and not only once but twice - for they will have both his original 5 hour 45 version made for ARTE, as well as the subsequent theatrical version, of only 220 minutes. So you can take your pick! 34 new films in total.

OVID, the curated streaming destination for documentary and art-house films, announces its wide-ranging selection of 34 films coming in April. Many of the films are premieres and available only on OVID.tv.

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
03/25/2021
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

Directed by Michael Schindhelm • Documentary • With Uli Sigg, Ai Weiwei, Cao Chong’en, Cao Fei, Pierre de Meuron, Hans-Peter Fallegger • 2016 • 93 minutes A documentary about the entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg, and the tense sociopolitical context of China's ongoing tran...

THE EAST WIND STATE FARM examines the tragic events of Chinese modern history during the height of Maoist rule. Director...
03/16/2021
The East Wind State Farm

THE EAST WIND STATE FARM examines the tragic events of Chinese modern history during the height of Maoist rule. Director Hu Jie collects extensive interviews with both inmates and staff who served through 21 years of thought reform in a rural labor camp: ovid.tv/videos/the-east-wind-state-farm

Directed by HU Jie • Documentary • 2009 • 101 minutes Condemned "Rightists," sentenced to 21 years of thought reform in the countryside, share harrowing first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp. In 1957, 200 teachers, students, and cadres were labeled as "Rightists" for voicing cr...

Read dGenerate co-founder Karin Chien's "More Than Movie Theaters: Why Aren’t We Talking About Exhibition?" on the strea...
02/25/2021
More than Movie Theaters

Read dGenerate co-founder Karin Chien's "More Than Movie Theaters: Why Aren’t We Talking About Exhibition?" on the streaming service OVID's blog: metafilm.ovid.tv/.../more-than-movie-theaters-why.../

Don't miss a conversation with her this Sunday, February 28th, 10 AM PST/1PM EST: joinclubhouse.com/event/xBXZg6ep

Sunday, February 28 at 7:00pm CET with Karin Chien, Amy Hobby, Abby Sun. A conversation with Distribution Advocates about their latest post “More Than Movie Theaters: Why Aren’t We Talking About Exhibition?” https://distributionadvocates.substack.com/

Zeng Jinyan on China's Working Women - metafilm | OVID.tv
02/08/2021
Zeng Jinyan on China's Working Women - metafilm | OVID.tv

Zeng Jinyan on China's Working Women - metafilm | OVID.tv

In a feature interview with Jinyan Zeng for Documentary.org, the producer and director Zeng Jinyan behind films including We The Workers (2017) and Outcry and Whisper (2020) provides a Chinese perspective and a feminist point of view on working women in China.

Coming March 5 to virtual release via Film at Lincoln Center, Laemmle Theatres in LA, and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific ...
02/02/2021
Icarus Films Sets Virtual U.S. Release for Golden Horse Award Doc Winner ‘Lost Course’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Coming March 5 to virtual release via Film at Lincoln Center
, Laemmle Theatres
in LA, and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
!
"dGenerate Films
Founder and President Karin Chien said she was drawn to Li’s 'extraordinary ability to obtain unprecedented access to the electoral process in a Chinese village' and craft 'a complex, intimate and honest portrait of democracy. The film could not be more relevant for American audiences — it provides an uncanny mirror of our own democratic experiment, exposing the fragility of the people and bonds that hold it together.” via The dGenerate Collection of Icarus Films
.

The dGenerate Collection at indie distributor Icarus Films will release the journalistic Hong Kong doc “Lost Course” in the U.S. starting March 5. The Chinese-language film about a democratic villa…

Explore OVID's February line-up: metafilm.ovid.tv/2021/01/25/ovids-february-releases-2021/
01/27/2021
OVID’s February Releases: Exclusives/SVOD Premieres, Includes "False Confessions" Starring Isabelle Huppert, Tsai Ming-liang’s "Rebels of the Neon God" and "The Hole" & many more! - metafilm | OVID.tv

Explore OVID's February line-up: metafilm.ovid.tv/2021/01/25/ovids-february-releases-2021/

OVID.tv, the curated streaming destination for documentary and art-house films from around the world, is adding 30 incredible films in February to its growing roster, most of which are exclusives and premiering for the first time on SVOD.

01/22/2021

Recommend having a listen to this podcast episode with Karin Chien, co-founder of dGenerate Films, the great distributor of *independent* Chinese films. She also discusses OVID and
Icarus Films: soundcloud.com/luciddreamingpodcast/karin-chien-conversation-3/s-jxuFbqXoGj6

Watch the landmark independent Chinese films, OUTCRY AND WHISPER (ovid.tv/videos/outcry-and-whisper)and AN ELEPHANT SITT...
01/15/2021

Watch the landmark independent Chinese films, OUTCRY AND WHISPER (ovid.tv/videos/outcry-and-whisper)and AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (ovid.tv/an-elephant-sitting-still) on OVID with your free 14-day trial!

OUTCRY AND WHISPER (ovid.tv/videos/outcry-and-whisper)and AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (ovid.tv/an-elephant-sitting-still) are two independent Chinese films you can't miss. Both are now streaming on OVID.

Co-Founder of dGenerate Films Karin Chien has written a short essay for our blog metafilm on these two films and how a diversity of structures of distribution and exhibition can allow for a multiplicity of points to thrive: metafilm.ovid.tv/2021/01/13/towards-a-thriving-film-culture/

Karin Chien, Co-Founder dGenerate Films, has contributed this short essay https://metafilm.ovid.tv/.../a-portrait-of-con...
01/15/2021
Towards A Thriving Film Culture – metafilm | OVID.tv

Karin Chien, Co-Founder dGenerate Films, has contributed this short essay https://metafilm.ovid.tv/.../a-portrait-of-contemporary.../ to the new OVID.tv: metafilm blog. Comments are "enabled" so feel free to add a note about how you see it?

January 13, 2021 Towards A Thriving Film Culture On the occasion of the streaming release of two landmark Chinese independent films – Wen Hai and Zeng Jinyan’s Outcry and Whisper and Hu Bo‘s An Elephant Sitting Still – the good folks at Ovid asked me to share some thoughts. If you watch only...

For the New Year - our streaming partner OVID has posted about how things are going with them > https://metafilm.ovid.tv...
01/06/2021
Happy New Year from OVID.tv – metafilm | OVID.tv

For the New Year - our streaming partner OVID has posted about how things are going with them > https://metafilm.ovid.tv/.../01/06/happy-new-year-from-ovid/# < and in the film / streaming world in general. Check it out. And note: they have now enabled "comments" on the blog.

January 6, 2021 Happy New Year from OVID.tv (Image from Softie, premiering on OVID on January 29th) As we enter the new year, it seems appropriate that I report on aspects of how OVID is doing. I also want to point you in the direction of two interesting articles which I think contextualize what OVI...

OVID
12/14/2020
OVID

OVID

"Apple TV Was Making a Show About Gawker. Then Tim Cook Found Out. Big tech companies now exert huge influence over what stories get told." nytimes.com/2020/12/13/business/media/apple-gawker-tim-cook.html

On OVID we have 31 films from @dgeneratefilms all made outside the Chinese censorship system. Netflix nor Apple would ever go near these.

The best way to support independent storytelling is to become an OVID member and buy someone a gift subscription: ovid.tv/checkout/subscribe/purchase

OVID just posted a "master list" of all the films now on that streaming service, including many from dGenerate Films! ht...
12/05/2020
Master List of Films on OVID – metafilm | OVID.tv

OVID just posted a "master list" of all the films now on that streaming service, including many from dGenerate Films! https://metafilm.ovid.tv/master-list-of-films-on-ovid/ And you can sort or search it by title, studio, director, cast, genre, etc. OVID adds more films every week of course, so this list will be updated monthly.

From time-to-time we plan to share information about the films available on OVID.tv: what they all are, where they come from, how many and which films in particular genres, who made them, when they come and when they might (might!) go away.

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Brooklyn, NY
11201

Telephone

(718) 488-8900

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