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Athena Film Festival 2014 to Honor Sherry Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2013 at 1:54PM

The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, focused on women and leadership and headed by Indiewire’s own Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, will take place February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College.
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Kasi Lemmons
Kasi Lemmons

The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, focused on women and leadership and headed by Indiewire’s own Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, will take place February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College.

This year’s fest will include Q and A sessions with producers and directors, Hollywood conversations and master classes.

Athena Film Fest

The 2014 recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards are philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, receiving the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute;  Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of “Thelma and Louise” and creator of the series “Nashville”;  and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of “Black Nativity,” T”alk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou” and “The Caveman’s Valentine.”

In addition, the Athena List has been newly created, highlighting between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female characters that have yet to be made into films. The first group of selected screenplays on the Athena List will be announced at the festival.

Early bird passes for the fest are now available online. Individual ticket sales and the announcement of the lineup will take place in early January 2014. Athena’s website has more info.

This article is related to: Festivals, Athena Film Festival, Kasi Lemmons, Callie Khouri , Sherry Lansing, Keri Putnam


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.