CORRECTION 1/21/2013: Previously, we reported that Diablo Cody would host the Athena Film Festival. This is an error. Ms. Cody shall co-chair the festival, which runs in February in New York. Please read on.
Earlier this month, the lineup for narrative, documentary and short films for the 2013 Athena Film Festival was announced, including screenings of Acadamy Award nominees Beasts of the Southern Wild and Brave, and the documentary WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.
This year, the recipient of the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement award will go to Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead. Diablo Cody shall co-chair of the festival, which runs February 7-10, 2013.
The stated mission of the festival is to promote and illustrate women and leadership. The pictures selected highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Throughout the weekend festival, there are also many workshops and conversations with prominent filmmakers, from directors to writers to producers. The festival is held annually in New York at the women’s college, Barnard College.
From the official press release:
“We are proud to announce such a robust lineup for this year’s Festival,” said Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Festival and the Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. “The variety of films and filmmakers at the festival this year exemplifies the increasing presence of female leaders in the industry.”
“The balanced mix of films represents the breadth and depth of the Festival’s mission,” said 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. “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.”
More information about the festival is available at the festival’s website.
Below are the categories and films set to screen:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ginger and Rosa
Middle of Nowhere
Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos)
Band of Sisters
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
Granny’s Got Game
I Stand Corrected
Women Aren’t Funny
WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Free Kick (Libre Director)
In A Heartbeat
Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions
Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works: A Portrait of Sylvia Plachy
She, Who Excels in Solitude
Stella is 95!
Who is Pauline Park?