The Department of Cinema Studies congratulates Chloé Zhao on her 2021 Academy Award nominations and Golden Globe wins for Nomadland.
As the 2018 Harlan J. Strass Visiting Filmmaker, Chloé joined our academic community for a two-week residency, guest-lecturing in the course “CINE 408: The Art of Directing” and participating in a series of public talks on our campus. Cinema Studies fondly remembers the generosity with which Chloé mentored our students and all the stimulating conversations she had with faculty during her residency. We are honored to have hosted on our campus such an inspiring filmmaker. In renewing our commitment to the values about cinema and ethical living that Chloé has so graciously shared with us through her work and during her residency, we would like to echo a passage from her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
"Compassion is a breakdown of all barriers between us, a heart-to-heart bonding. Your pain is my pain. It's mingled and shared between us. This is why I fell in love with making movies and telling stories, because it gives us a chance to laugh and cry together, and a chance to learn from each other and have more compassion for each other." (Chloé Zhao)
Cinema Studies is honored to welcome Mollye Asher, producer of Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, as our 2021 Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker this spring. Mollye will host virtual screenings and remote Q&As as well as mentor students and guest-lecture in the spring term course “CINE 408: The Art of Producing.”