The 2013 Athena Film Festival on the Barnard College campus at Columbia, NYC provides an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.
The Oscars and BAFTA are not the only film award ceremonies and film events taking place during the winter months, The Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership, has announced its 2013 program of inspirational narrative and documentary films. For the third year running, the Athena Film Festival will run from Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10, 2013, on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights, Columbus University, NYC.
A production of Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and Hollywood, the festival presents a wide range of films that accentuate its aims of promoting the stories of internationally inspirational women, their leadership and creative achievements.
Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead, is the recipient of this year’s Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Ava DuVernay, director of Middle of Nowhere and founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM); Molly Haskell, film critic and author of the landmark book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies; Rose Kuo, executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media.
Renowned civil rights attorney, Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Festival and the Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College said: “We are proud to announce such a robust lineup for this year’s Festival. The variety of films and filmmakers at the festival this year exemplifies the increasing presence of female leaders in the industry.”
Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival and head of Women and Hollywood, an online leader in the conversation about women’s roles in the film industry said: “The balanced mix of films represents the breadth and depth of the Festival’s mission. Each year we strive to select films that inspire filmmakers and industry members. This year’s slate is our strongest yet and continues to convey this focus.”
For more information about each film, for updates about additional screenings, panels and special events and for tickets or passes please visit the Athena Film Festival website.
The current lineup:
• Beasts of the Southern Wild - Director: Benh Zeitlin
• Brave - Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
• Fast Girls - Director: Regan Hall
• Future Weather - Director: Jenny Deller
• Ginger and Rosa - Director: Sally Potter
• The Girl - Director: David Riker
• Hannah Arendt - Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.
• Middle of Nowhere - Director: Ava DuVernay
• La Rafle - Director: Roselyn Bosch
This film is the story of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv roundup in 1942 when French police carried out an extensive raid on Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people — including 4,000 children. Told from the perspective of the children and the nurse who cared for them, this is an emotionally astute and sensitive exploration of a long taboo subject in France -- one that caused former French President Jacques Chirac to issue a public apology in 1995.
• Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos)- Director: Andrés Wood
• Band of Sisters - Director: Mary Fishman
• Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives - Director: Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore
• Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel - Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
• Granny’s Got Game - Director: Angela Alford
• Inocente - Director: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
• I Stand Corrected - Director: Andrea Meyerson
• Putin’s Kiss - Director: Lise Birk Pedersen
• Women Aren’t Funny - Director(s): Bonnie McFarlane
• WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines - Director: Kristy Guevera-Flanagan
• 55 Socks - Director: Co Hoedeman
• ABC - Director: Madli Lääne
• DEVOUT - Director: Diana Neille and Sana Gulzar
DEVOUT follows the lives of women in New York and New Jersey who are trying to reconcile their lesbian sexuality with their commitment to Orthodox Judaism, which condemns homosexuality in the harshest terms. Meet Chani, Pam, Elissa, Hayley, Lina and Miriam as they deal with being shunned, while still remaining devoted to their strict faith and community.
• Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend - Director: Sarah Knight
• Free Kick (Libre Director) - Director: Bernabé Rico
• Georgena Terry - Director: Amanda Zackem
• Hilary’s Straws - Director: Phil Cox
• In A Heartbeat - Director: Karolina Lewicka
• Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions - Director: Amanda Homsi-Ottosson
• Our Rhineland - Director: Faren Humes
• Prizefighter - Director: Angela Wong
• Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works: A Portrait of Sylvia Plachy - Director: Rebecca Dreyfus
• She, Who Excels in Solitude - Director: Mako Kamitsuna
• Stella is 95! - Director: Robin Baker Leacock
• Who is Pauline Park? - Director: Jamerry Kim
The four-day festival, which includes special events, conversations with directors and Hollywood stars and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.