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Cinema Studies Presents: Q&A with Mollye Asher, Producer of 'Swallow'

Wednesday, May 19 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a live, remote Q&A with Producer Mollye Asher who will discuss the film, Swallow, and share how a producer supports a director’s vision. Visit for more information on how to join the Q&A.

Free and open to the community.

Mollye Asher is a Gotham Award-Winning producer and recipient of the 2020 Independent Spirit Producers Award. Most recently, she produced Chloé Zhao's Nomadland (2020), which won Best Director and Best Picture Drama at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards, the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, and many other honors. Nomadland is one of the most acclaimed films of 2020, with special attention given to the performance of Frances McDormand. 

Asher also produced Zhao’s The Rider (2017), which premiered at the Cannes Directors Fortnight and won its top prize. The Rider went on to be nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Feature at the 2018 Gotham Awards. In addition, Asher produced Zhao’s debut feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015); Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Swallow  (2019), which won Best Actress at the Tribeca Film Festival; Fort Tilden (2014) by writer/director team Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers; and Anja Marquardt’s Spirit Award nominated She's Lost Control (2014). Asher recently co-founded the production company The Population, which is currently in post-production on Josef Kubota Wladyka’s thriller Catch the Fair One. Asher earned her MFA from NYU’s graduate film program and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

TW // Self Harm, Eating Disorder.

Free Virtual Screening of Swallow

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are also invited to a free virtual screening of Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Swallow (2019), available for viewing from May 14 to 19. Produced by Mollye Asher, Swallow was an official selection at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Actress at the festival. The free screening of Swallow will be made available online through the Eventive streaming platform and requires advance registration. Registrations are limited to the first 150 viewers on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to register for the screening, please visit

This series is funded by the generous Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment.

Thank you to our cosponsors:

Asian Studies Program, Department of Art, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of German and Scandinavian, Department of History, Department of Romance Languages, Department of Theatre Arts, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, Native American Studies, School of Journalism and Communication/Media Studies, School of Music and Dance.