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Oscar Video: Santa Barbara Producers and Womens Panels

For those who missed coverage of last week's Santa Barbara International Film Festival producer's panel, Lynda.com has posted video clips (below). Producers on the panel moderated by the LAT's Patrick Goldstein include Darla K. Anderson of Toy Story 3, Iain Canning of The King’s Speech, Alix Madigan of Winter’s Bone,Todd Lieberman of The Fighter, Mike De Luca of The Social Network and Jamie Patricof of Blue Valentine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2011 9:16 AM
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Barnard's Athena Film Fest Launches; Screenings of Miss Rep, Desert Flower, Mo, Winter's Bone

Friday night marked the opening of the first ever Athena Film Festival (February 10 to 13), organized by Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies director Kathryn Kolbert and Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein. Athena turns out to be the first ever women and leadership festival, revealed Barnard president Debora L. Spar as she kicked off the fest with a string of hideous statistics proving that the percentage of women in leadership positions in Hollywood today is still worse than the aerospace industry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2011 7:27 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: Oprah Winfrey Buys Feminist Media Critique Miss Representation

One of the big stories out of Sundance was Oprah Winfrey's determination to acquire docs for the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club, to do for docs what she has done for books. At Sundance, OWN acquired Chaz Bono's Becoming Chaz, which offers the right combo of celeb biopic and gender-bending exotica. Also feeding the female demo is actress-documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom's earnest feminist media critique Miss Representation, which lays out the argument about how the way women are portrayed in the media--as objects of beauty-- impacts real girls and women. Siebel interviewed a wide range of women leaders including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 6:13 AM
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Women and Hollywood Joins IndieWIRE Blog Network

Please welcome Women and Hollywood to the indieWIRE blog network. It's an excellent fit. Melissa Silverstein is a swift and persistent cinephile who champions the female perspective. She shares info and insight about women filmmakers trying to get their films made and seen, as well as the legions of women who want to see these films. She's also the founder of the Athena Film Festival, which launches next month at Barnard in New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2011 9:15 AM
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Women in Film Names New President, Producer Cathy Schulman

Cathy Schulman, the Oscar-winning producer (Crash, The Illusionist, Tears of the Sun), will replace Jane Fleming as president of non-profit org Women In Film. Schulman's three-year term officially began January 1. Fleming declares: "I can think of no one better to take the reins of Women In Film as the organization grows in scope and impact to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  She is a proven leader, producer and visionary as well as a committed teacher, philanthropist and mentor.  Moreover, her production experience in film and television, both scripted and documentary, gives her a unique insight into the diverse needs of the women the organization serves." Schulman is eager to work with new board members (listed below) and says:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2011 9:19 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network
The Kids Are All Right landed seven awards from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, including best original screenplay, best ensemble and best actress (Annette Bening), while The Social Network scored four, including best film, director, adapted screenplay and score. Winter's Bone collected two prizes, including best woman director (Debra Granik) and best breakthrough performance (Jennifer Lawrence); Granik also won outstanding achievement for a woman in the film industry in 2010. Black Swan earned four nods.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 9:38 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo

EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo
The Athena Film Festival has lined up its first program of narrative and documentary films, which will unspool February 10 to 13, 2011 on the Barnard Campus in New York City.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2010 8:29 AM
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Women in Film Picks Finishing Fund Recipients

For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:02 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Barnard College Hosts Inaugural Athena Film Festival Celebrating Women and Leadership

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.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:14 AM
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Legendary Anne V. Coates Coaches Student Editors at UCLA

Every once in a while smart people get together to do good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 11:22 AM
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