The third annual Athena Film Festival has announced its line-up, which will begin 7 February with a “Celebration of Women’s Leadership” and continue throughout the weekend, until 10 Feburary. A production of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, this year's line-up includes approximately 20 films, in addition to various conversations with actors, directors, producers, writers and other members of the film community on the Barnard campus in Morningside Heights during the four day festival.
This year's honorees include Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead, who will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; 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 film 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.
The line-up is pretty amazing—films range from documentaries like "Band of Sisters" (aka Moon's favorite "Nuns on a Bus") to animated blockbusters like "Brave." For super-nerds such as myself, there will even be a sneak preview of the film about 20th century cultural critic and philosopher Hannah Arendt:
And, here's the "Band of Sisters" trailer:
Visit Athenafilmfestival.com for more information