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Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Mollye Asher
Joseph Gallivan interviews Mollye Asher, producer of the movie Nomadland starring Frances McDormand


Joseph Gallivan interviews Mollye Asher, producer of the movie Nomadland starring Frances McDormand

On Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. Joseph Gallivan interviews Mollye Asher, producer of the movie Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. Asher talks to Art Focus about the role of a producer in helping a director realize their vision, the character of the light in the Badlands and Nevada. Asher was recently honored in the Cinema Unbound Awards presented by the Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum, which honors boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema.

Thi show first aired on March 16 2021 but is being repeated because of Nomadland's Oscar wins for best picture, director and actress. 



Mollye Asher is an IFP Gotham Award-winning producer and winner of the 2020 Producers Award from the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently, she produced Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Swallow (IFC Films), which won Best Actress at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival;  Chloé Zhao’s multi-award winning Nomadland (Searchlight); and The Rider (Sony Pictures Classics). The Rider premiered in the 2017 Cannes Directors Fortnight and won its top prize. It went on to be nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Feature at the 2018 Gotham Awards. Other credits include the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner, Fort Tilden (Orion), by writer/director team, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers; Anja Marquardt’s Spirit Award-nominated film, She’s Lost Control (Berlinale, Monument Releasing); and Chloé Zhao’s debut feature, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Sundance, Cannes, Kino Lorber).


Asher recently co-founded the production company The Population with Mynette Louie and Derek Nguyen and is currently in post-production on Josef Kubota Wladyka’s thriller Catch The Fair One. It stars champion boxer Kali Reis and is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and Protozoa. Asher earned her MFA in Film from NYU and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


2021 Cinema Unbound Awards link:

Honoree Press Announcement, with bio background & press info:



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Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently the Business Reporter. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on


This show was recorded on Zoom video conferencing software in Portland and New York City on March 10, 2021.

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