Lydia Dean Pilcher is founder of Cine Mosaic, based in New York City. Pilcher has
produced over 27 feature films and is currently preparing to produce “The Reluctant
Fundamentalist,” based on the highly acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, to be
directed by Mira Nair. Also headed for production this year is “Fela: Music is the
Weapon,” which she developed at Focus Features with Steve McQueen attached to
direct and Chiwetel Ejiofor set to play Fela Kuti.
In 2010, Pilcher was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe 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 “Amelia,” starring Hilary Swank as the famous aviatrix, Amelia
Earhart; “The Darjeeling Limited,” directed by Wes Anderson; and “The Namesake,”
based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair. All were released
theatrically 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.
Other producing credits include the feature film “Vanity Fair” directed by Mira Nair and starring Reese Witherspoon for Focus Features; “Hysterical Blindness,” directed by Mira Nair and starring Uma Thurman, Gena Rowlands and Juliette Lewis for HBO Films; "Jesus' Son" directed by Alison Maclean, based on the novel by Denis Johnson, starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton for Lions Gate; "Cradle Will Rock" directed by Tim Robbins for Touchstone Pictures; "Chinese Box" directed by Wayne Wang with Gong Li and Jeremy Irons filmed on location in Hong Kong; "Kama Sutra -A Tale of Love," directed by Mira Nair; "The Perez Family" directed by Mira Nair for The Samuel Goldwyn Company with Anjelica Huston and Marisa Tomei; "Disappearing Acts", for Home Box Office, based on the novel by Terry McMillan, starring Wesley Snipes and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; "The Kill-Off" (dir: Maggie Greenwald) and "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint" (Michael Moore's documentary sequel to his controversial "Roger and Me); "Mississippi Masala " (Goldwyn/dir: Mira Nair); and "Strapped" (HBO/Forest Whitaker's directorial debut). Pilcher Co-produced "Longtime Companion"(dir: Norman Rene); "My New Gun" (dir: Stacy Cochran); and "Red Hot + Dance" (dir: Mark Pellington-an AIDS benefit performance film for MTV). In 2002, Pilcher and Mira Nair teamed on a short film about September 11th for Studio Canal’s package of international shorts entitled “11 Minutes, 9 Seconds, 1 Frame.”
After receiving an MFA at NYU Film School 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).
Pilcher is a National Board Member of the Producers Guild of America and she was
named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews for 2005.
Pilcher is a presenter for The Climate Project, Al Gore’s climate change
leadership program. As Chair of the National Green Committee of the PGA, she
has worked with a dedicated team of producers to launch PGAGreen.org and
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