Lydia Dean Pilcher
|Lydia Dean Pilcher|
|Occupation||Film and Television Producer|
|Known for||Founder of Cine Mosaic|
Lydia Dean Pilcher is an American film and television producer and founder of Cine Mosaic, a production company based in New York City. Cine Mosaic has established itself as one of New York's leading independent production companies forging relationships with a wide range of talent and business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.
A two time Emmy Award winner, Pilcher was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014 for Cutie & The Boxer, directed by Zachary Heinzerling (winner of 2013 Sundance Directing Award);, and Sony Pictures Classics released the Cine Mosaic production of The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra (winner of 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes Film Festival). In 2013, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was released by IFC Films, based on the highly acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, and directed by Mira Nair. Pilcher has produced over 35 films including The Darjeeling Limited, directed by Wes Anderson; Jesus' Son, directed by Alison Maclean, and eleven films with director Mira Nair including The Namesake, Vanity Fair, Amelia, Mississippi Masala and most recently Queen of Katwe for The Walt Disney Company
Currently in release with HBO Films is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the NY Times best selling book by Rebecca Skloot, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, directed by George C. Wolfe. In post production is "Radium Girls," a feature film based on true story of the watch dial painters in the 1920s. Projects in development include Fela: Music is the Weapon, based on the life of Nigerian musician and political activist, Fela Kuti, with Focus Features, and a dramatic television series inspired by the true story of The Hot Bread Kitchen, a bakery in East Harlem.
After receiving an MFA at New York University Graduate Institute of Film and Television in 1983, Pilcher began her career making documentaries and working in the production department of feature films including After Hours (dir: Martin Scorsese); F/X (dir: Robert Mandel); Round Midnight (dir: Bertrand Tavernier); Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (dir: John Hughes); Mississippi Burning (dir: Alan Parker); and Quiz Show (dir: Robert Redford).
In 2002, Pilcher founded Cine Mosaic, a production company committed to producing feature films with an energetic focus on entertaining stories with artistic vision for the global marketplace. Pilcher has produced numerous award-winning independent feature films, specializing in international co-production, and film finance based on studio and independent models.
In 2010, Pilcher was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and PGA Awards for producing HBO Films’ You Don’t Know Jack, directed by Barry Levinson. The film, starring Al Pacino, follows Jack Kevorkian’s battle to legalize assisted suicide. Prior to that, Pilcher produced Jesus' Son, starring Billy Crudup, directed by Alison Maclean; The Darjeeling Limited, directed by Wes Anderson; and eleven movies with director Mira Nair including Amelia, starring Hilary Swank as the famous aviator, and The Namesake, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, released by Fox Searchlight. Pilcher was nominated in 2005 for a Golden Globe Award for the HBO feature film, Iron Jawed Angels directed by Katja von Garnier and starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. She was nominated in 2004 for an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Producer’s Guild Award as the Executive Producer of Normal with writer/director Jane Anderson and starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson.
Sustainability and environmental work
Pilcher is a Founder and Chair of PGA Green, an active committee of the Producers Guild of America since 2006, dedicated to supporting sustainability in the entertainment industry, and winner of the 2011 EMA Green Production Award. With seed funding and support provided by Disney, DreamWorks Studios, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros., the Green Production Guide was created by PGA Green to provide a new resource for film, television and commercial professionals looking to increase the sustainability of their productions. The website and mobile app includes a carbon calculator, the PGA Green Unified Best Practices Guide, and a substantial vendor guide of companies that provide sustainable and energy saving products and services for the entertainment industry. Pilcher is a member of The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by Al Gore, and has been a speaker and panelist at many public and film events including Berlin Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and PGA’s Produced by Conference.
Boards and organizations
- Vice President of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, 2014–present
- Chair of PGA Women's Impact Network, 2013–present
- Producer's Council Board of Delegates of the Producers Guild of America, 2013–2014.
- Member of the National Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America, 2008-13.
- Vice Chair of Producers Guild of America East, 2004-08.
- Co-Founder and Chair of PGA Green, 2006–present.
- Board Member, Maisha Film Lab, based in East Africa, 2004–present.
- Board Member, The New York Production Alliance, 2005-08.
- Women’s eNews, named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2005.
- Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Women in Film, Directors Guild of America, Independent Feature Project, The Climate Reality Project.
She is married to production designer Mark Friedberg; they have two children. 
- The Kill–Off (1988)
- Longtime Companion (1989)
- Mississippi Masala (1991)
- The Perez Family (1995)
- Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
- Chinese Box (1997)
- Reno Finds Her Mom (1998)
- Cradle Will Rock (1999)
- Jesus’ Son (1999)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
- Disappearing Acts (2000)
- Hysterical Blindness (2002)
- 11'09"01 September 11 (2002- segment: India)
- Normal (2003)
- Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
- Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004)
- Vanity Fair (2004)
- The Namesake (2006)
- The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
- Amelia (2009)
- You Don’t Know Jack (2010)
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)
- Cutie & The Boxer (2013) - Nominated: Academy Award for Best Documentary - Feature
- The Lunchbox (2014)
- The Sisterhood of Night (2015)
- Queen of Katwe (2016)
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)
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