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Athena Film Festival Returns in 2013; Honors Hurd, DuVernay, Haskell, Kuo & Mitchell

Athena Film Festival Returns in 2013; Honors Hurd, DuVernay, Haskell, Kuo & Mitchell

The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will return to Barnard College in 2013. The fest, which will run February 7-10, is put on by Barnard’s Center for Leadership Studies and Indiewire’s own Women and Hollywood blog, headed by Melissa Silverstein.

The Athena fest’s mission is to honor extraordinary women in the film industry, and to highlight films that address women’s leadership in real life. Q&A sessions with producers and directors, along with workshops for women filmmakers, are all part of the 4-day lineup.

This year’s recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards include “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, who will be receiving the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; “Middle of Nowhere” director Ava DuVernay; feminist film critic and scholar Molly Haskell (and author of the seminal “From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies”); Film Society of Lincoln Center exec director Rose Kuo; and Paley Center for Media president and CEO Pat Mitchell.

Updated info on the fest’s lineup and pass-purchasing info can be found on the Athena website.

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Congrats Melissa Silverstein and the Athena FF: for all the work they do in the recognition of women filmmakers! Of Course Kudos to Ava Duvernay. Middle of Nowhere was amazing on so many levels.


Congrats to Ms. Duvernay. Well deserved, of course!

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