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Piaget Producers Award
Mynette Louie is a New York-based independent film producer, Mynette Louie produced Marshall Lewy’s California Solo (Sundance 2012), P. Benoit’s Stones in the Sun (Tribeca 2012), and Tze Chun’s Children of Invention (Sundance 2009). She was the consulting producer on Olivia Silver’s Arcadia (Crystal Bear Award, Berlinale 2012) and co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation (SXSW, Top 10 films of 2006–EW, Village Voice, etc.).
She was a fellow of the 2008 Rotterdam Lab, 2009 Sundance Creative Producing Lab and 2010 Berlinale Talent Campus, was in Film Independent’s Fast Track film financing market with two different projects, and has served on advisory committees for the IFP and the Sundance Labs. She was named on Ted Hope’s inaugural “21 Brave Thinkers Of Truly Free Film” list. Mynette previously worked at the Hawaii Film Office, where she authored the state’s production tax credit, and in business development and marketing at SportsIllustrated.com, Jupiter Research, and Time Magazine. A native New Yorker, Mynette graduated from Harvard University, where she studied Chinese literature and film.
Derrick Tseng has been involved in NY film and television production for 25 years, first as union lighting technician, then as 1st AD and production manager, later as line producer and producer.
He has produced, among other projects, David Gordon Green’s Joe and Prince Avalanche; Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, Life During Wartime, and Palindromes; Nate Meyer’s See Girl Run; Bertha Pan’s Almost Perfect; and Comedy Central’s Stella. He has co-produced or line produced numerous feature films, including Adrienne Shelly’s Sudden Manhattan, Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, Brad Anderson’s Happy Accidents, Peter Lauer’s Cry Baby Lane, Patrick Stettner’s The Business of Strangers, Bertha Pan’s Face, David Gordon Green’s All the Real Girls and Snow Angels, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Party Monster, Steve Buscemi’s Lonesome Jim, Robert Altman’s Tanner on Tanner, David Wain’s The Ten, and Clark Gregg’s Choke.
Tseng was born in Queens, NY. He attended NYU’s Graduate Film Program, and holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from NYU and a B.A. in English and Art History from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.
Alicia Van Couvering
Alicia Van Couvering debut film as producer, Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, won the Narrative Jury Prize from the SXSW Film Festival in 2010 as well as accolades from the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and New York Film Critics Awards. Praised by the New Yorker, the New York Times and Variety, among others, it was released by IFC Films and the Criterion Collection.
Besides Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks, which premiered at Sundance 2012, she most recently produced Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson. Her physical production credits includes films like Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, Phil Morrison’s Junebug, Barbara Kopple’s My Generation, as well as numerous commercials, music videos and art installations. She served as consulting producer or co-producer on three films that were released in 2012: Bryan Wizemann’s Think of Me (nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), Steve Kessler’s Paul Williams Still Alive and Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress.
In 2010 was named a Creative Producing Fellow of the Sundance Institute as well as an IFP / Rotterdam Cinemart Labs Fellow; she is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine.
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