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EXCLUSIVE: Barnard College Hosts Inaugural Athena Film Festival Celebrating Women and Leadership

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2010 at 9:14AM

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

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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.