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Alison Swan,[1] is a Black female filmmaker, writer, actor, campaign manager and real estate developer.[2] Swan is a native of Bermuda, and is known for her films Mixing Nia (1998)[3] and Nothing like the Holidays (2008).[4] She co-wrote Nothing like the Holiday with her husband and American film producer Robert Teitel.[5][6] She is a mother of two boys and was pregnant with her second son while writing the screen play for Nothing like the Holidays, which she eventually sold to Overture Films.[7] Her work gives insight into the lives of African and Latin American families and the social and ideological differences that distinguish them from traditional American norms.[6]

Early life and education

Similarly to many other children born in Bermuda who came from money, Swan attend an off-island boarding school on the east coast in her teens.[7] She graduated from Bates College in 1988 with a BA in European Art and Politics, in 1994 she attended the New York University where she received an MFA in Filmmaking, and then in 2015 she received a masters in real estate development from the University of Southern California.[2]

While attending NYU Swan was awarded the Spike Lee fellowship for her work in four narrative shorts. Following her graduation she attempted to obtain funding for what would have been her first feature-length film, but after the financing fell through she began working for producer Robert Stigwood. Following her failed attempt to receive funding for her first feature-length film she returned to Bermuda to make a documentary short.[7] Being the daughter of John Swan the former Premier of Bermuda, She had a background in politics and while living in Bermuda she assisted in managing media for several political campaigns.[7]


Alison Swan's film career began with a short film entitled Compeñera (1993)[8] which she directed. She then wrote and directed her first feature-length film Mixing Nia (1998).[3] She then made her first and last acting debut in the television series Always And Everyone (1999)[9] following this she was featured in a documentary titled Sisters In Cinema (2003),[10] and lastly she wrote the screenplay for her holiday film Nothing like the Holidays (2008).[4] She no longer works in the film industry but is focused on her career as a real estate developer for a family run real estate company Challenger Bank Ltd.[2]


Release Year Film Title Contributed Role(s)
1993 Compeñera Director
1998 Mixing Nia Writer/Director
1999 Always and Everyone Actress
2003 Sisters In Cinema Actress
2008 Nothing like the Holidays Writer


NYU Spike Lee Fellowship[7]


  1. ^ "Alison Swan". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Saltus Grammar School". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  3. ^ a b Swan, Alison (1998-04-26), Mixing Nia, retrieved 2016-10-17
  4. ^ a b Villa, Alfredo Rodriguez de (2008-12-12), Nothing Like the Holidays, retrieved 2016-10-17
  5. ^ "Robert Teitel". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  6. ^ a b "Alison Swan's movie at the Liberty tonight - Bermuda Sun". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  7. ^ a b c d e "FILMMAKER MAGAZINE | Fall 1997: PRODUCTION UPDATE". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  8. ^ Swan, Alison (2000-01-01), Compañera, retrieved 2016-10-17
  9. ^ Always and Everyone, 1999-06-07, retrieved 2016-10-17
  10. ^ Welbon, Yvonne (2003-02-15), Sisters in Cinema, retrieved 2016-10-17
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