MYNETTE LOUIE is the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s drama Hunting Season (Venice Critics Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s mystery The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017, Vertical/DirectTV), Sarah Adina Smith’s thriller Buster’s Mal Heart (TIFF 2016, Well Go/Netflix), So Yong Kim’s drama Lovesong (Sundance 2016, Strand/Netflix, 2017 Independent Spirit Cassavetes Award nominee), Karyn Kusama’s thriller The Invitation (SXSW 2015, Drafthouse/Netflix), Jamie Babbit’s comedy Addicted to Fresno (SXSW 2015, Gravitas), Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s comedy Land Ho! (Sundance 2014, Sony Pictures Classics, Winner of 2015 Independent Spirit Cassavetes Award), and three forthcoming films: Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road, and Christina Choe’s Nancy.
Outside of Gamechanger, Louie’s producing credits include Aaron Katz’s Gemini (SXSW & Locarno 2017, NEON/Sony), Tze Chun’s Cold Comes the Night (Goldwyn/Sony 2014), Marshall Lewy’s California Solo (Sundance 2012, Strand), Patricia Benoit’s Stones in the Sun (Tribeca 2012), Olivia Silver’s Arcadia (Berlin 2012), Tze Chun’s Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), and Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation (SXSW 2005).
Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award. She was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter,” and was nominated by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for “Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry.” She is a member of the Producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, IFP and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.
Knowing no one in the film industry, Louie began her film career by producing three NYU Tisch graduate thesis films–all written and directed by women–though she did not attend the school. She also worked at the Hawaii Film Office, where she authored the state’s production tax credit, oversaw the $7.3 million renovation of the state-owned film studio, and developed programs to foster local independent filmmaking. Previously, she worked in business development and marketing at SportsIllustrated.com, Jupiter Research, and Time Magazine. A native New Yorker, Louie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University, where she studied Chinese literature and film.