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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2012 at 12:56PM

The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will return to Barnard College in 2013...
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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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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.