Lydia Dean Pilcher

Adjunct Teacher

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Lydia Pilcher is an American film and television producer and founder of Cine Mosaic, a New York based production company focused on entertaining stories driven by themes of female empowerment, social conscience, and multi-cultural perception. Cine Mosaic specializes in international co-productions and movies based on studio and independent models, with business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East. Pilcher has produced over 35 feature films, most recently Disney’s Queen of Katwe (dir: Mira Nair), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (dir: George Wolfe), and the upcoming feature, Radium Girls, which she produced and co-directed with Ginny Mohler. She is currently producing, Two Brothers with award-winning Iranian director, Bahman Ghobadi.

Pilcher is a two time Emmy Award winner and was nominated for an Academy Award

in 2014 for Cutie & The Boxer. She has produced for many celebrated directors including Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, Wayne Wang, Gina Prince Bythewood, Alison Maclean, Ritesh Batra, and eleven films in a twenty-five-year collaboration with internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair.

After receiving an MFA in 1983 at New York University Graduate Institute of Film and Television, 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); Quiz Show (dir: Robert Redford), and The Talented Mr. Ripley (dir: Anthony Minghella).

Pilcher is Vice President of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, and Founder and Chair of PGA Women’s Impact Network. She co-authored The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female Driven Content, and is leading a new PGA project: CultureSHIFT: Creating Content Toward an Inclusive World.  Pilcher is an adjunct professor at New York University Tisch Graduate Film Institute and teaches a seminar she created about the shifting landscape of audience and storytelling, “Producing with a Vision: Radical Transformation and Disruption in the Entertainment Industry.”