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Cinema Studies Presents: Screening of 'Nomadland'

Wednesday, May 26

Virtual Event

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a free virtual screening of Chloé Zhao's Nomadland (2020), available for viewing from May 21 to 26. Produced by Mollye Asher, Nomadland is one of the most acclaimed films of 2020, winning Best Director and Best Picture at the 2021 Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards in addition to numerous other awards.  For more information and to register for the screening, please visit

May 21 to 26
Free and open to the community

Advance registration required 

The free screening of Nomadland will be made available online through Searchlight Pictures' streaming platform, Debut, and requires advance registration by May 18 at 12:00 pm (PDT). Registrations are limited to the first 150 viewers on a first-come, first-served basis. After you RSVP, you will receive an email on May 21st from Searchlight Pictures' streaming platform, Debut, with viewing instructions on how to watch the film. The film will be accessible from 7:00 pm (PDT) on Friday, May 21, 2021 to 7:00 pm (PDT) on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 and you will have 72 hours to finish the film once you start watching it. For more information and to register for the screening, please visit

Nomadland (2020) 
Directed by Chloé Zhao | Produced by Mollye Asher | 108 Minutes | Rated R
2021 Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner for Best Picture and Best Director

Film synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.

Nomadland is directed by Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider) is based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America In The Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder and stars Frances McDormand (Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln), Linda May and Swankie. The producers are Mollye Asher (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider), Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Heart of a Dog), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name). The director of photography is Joshua James Richards (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider).

Live, Remote Q&A with Producer Mollye Asher

On Wednesday, May 26 at 4:00 pm (PDT), join us for a live, remote Q&A with Producer Mollye Asher who will discuss the film and share how a producer supports a director’s vision. Visit for more information on how to join the Q&A.

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.

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.