Thompson on Hollywood

Barnard College's Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and are mounting the inaugural Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership from February 10 through 13, 2011.

The film program will screen on Barnard's Morningside Heights campus; 20 or so films, featuring both everyday and high-profile women and girls, as well as panels and workshops, will be announced shortly. According to Women and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein, the Athena Film Fest "will examine the values women leaders share--vision, courage, resilience--and explore leadership across race, class and culture."

Added Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Fest and director of Barbard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies: "Through feature films, documentaries, shorts and conversations, the Festival will highlight the wide diversity of women's leadership in both real life and fiction,"

Silverstein, who founded the feminist site Women and Hollywood three years ago, wants to open a "robust dialogue" about what it takes to "excel, collaborate, lead and inspire," she says.