Athena Film Festival

Athena’s Women in Film Highlight: Michelle Rodriguez

About being typecast as the ‘kick-ass’ girl:

“I was typecast the minute I did a film called, ‘Girlfight’ years ago. You allow yourself to be typecast. If I decided I didn’t want to be typecast tomorrow I’d just go do an indie film where I play some poor girl who goes through some excruciating experience and win myself an award for crying or being raped [breaks into laughter] or playing someone with mental illness.

“But at the end of the day I’m not in it for the acting. If I were in it for the acting then I would be worried about people not giving me the opportunity to express my vast array of emotions on the screen. I could give two shits.

“I only wanna be someone I respect or someone that I consider interesting or fun. I’m here to entertain people and make a statement about female empowerment and strength and that’s what I’ve done for the last 10 years, and people can call it typecast, but I pigeonholed myself and I put myself in that box for saying no to everything else that came on my plate. Saying no to the girlfriend, saying no to the girl that gets captured, no to this, no to that. and eventually I just got left with the strong chick that’s always being killed and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

source: http://genderinfilmquotes.wordpress.com/

Submit to the Athena Film Festival!

The Athena Film Festival is now open for submissions through September 15, 2014.

What We Look For:

Documentaries, Features and Shorts that:

  • Reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life—narratives of ambition, courage, strength and resilience.
  • Showcase women leaders who help us interpret the reality of the modern world—captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision.
  • Highlight the talents of emerging artists — capturing a new generation’s take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders.

Keep In Mind:

  • All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.
  • Films may be directed by a person or people of any gender.
  • Films that are directed by women but do not focus on female leadership will not be considered.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to send in your films!

link: http://athenafilmfestival.com/submissions/

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If you’re attending the Athena Film Festival (athenafilmfest) at Barnard College this weekend, look out for one of our posters!

To learn more about this celebration of the role women play in filmmaking, you can visit the Athena Film Festival website at www.athenafilmfestival.com

Production of season 1 begins tomorrow! Don’t forget to subscribe to our new Instagram account for behind the scenes photos and more!

Day two of the Athena Film Festival brings Masterclasses with Laura Karpman and Debra Martin Chase, a panel with Barnard women in the Biz, the films The 99ers, American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Decoding Annie Parker (our Centerpiece Film), Reaching for the Moon, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, Farah Goes Bang, and a work in progress screening of Radical Grace. All of our events are wonderful, but these are the events we chose to highlight today. Check out our Athena Picks for the day:
Masterclass with Laura Karpman
Did you know that only 2% of films are scored by women composers? Laura Karpman–who has scored over 100 films, TV shows, and video games–discusses her work and the challenges women composers face in the industry today. The Masterclass will be held at Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall at 3pm.
Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon is about the passionate and intimate love affair between Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. This tragic love story is set in the beautiful landscape of Brazil, and that is just one of the many reasons to see this feature film. Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America will join the audience for a post screening discussion. Reaching for the Moon screens tonight at 8pm in the Northwest Corner Building.
Farah Goes Bang 
Nikohl Boosheri (Circumstance) stars as an awkward twenty-something stumping for the John Kerry campaign and tries to lose her virginity in Farah Goes Bang. This film won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and is directed, produced, written and edited by women. The director Meera Menon and producer Laura Goode will be in attendance for a Q&A. Farah Goes Bang screens at 9pm in Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall.

Day two of the Athena Film Festival brings Masterclasses with Laura Karpman and Debra Martin Chase, a panel with Barnard women in the Biz, the films The 99ersAmerican Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee BoggsDecoding Annie Parker (our Centerpiece Film), Reaching for the MoonWhoopi Goldberg Presents Moms MableyFarah Goes Bang, and a work in progress screening of Radical Grace. All of our events are wonderful, but these are the events we chose to highlight today. Check out our Athena Picks for the day:

Masterclass with Laura Karpman

Did you know that only 2% of films are scored by women composers? Laura Karpman–who has scored over 100 films, TV shows, and video games–discusses her work and the challenges women composers face in the industry today. The Masterclass will be held at Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall at 3pm.

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon is about the passionate and intimate love affair between Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. This tragic love story is set in the beautiful landscape of Brazil, and that is just one of the many reasons to see this feature film. Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America will join the audience for a post screening discussion. Reaching for the Moon screens tonight at 8pm in the Northwest Corner Building.

Farah Goes Bang 

Nikohl Boosheri (Circumstance) stars as an awkward twenty-something stumping for the John Kerry campaign and tries to lose her virginity in Farah Goes Bang. This film won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and is directed, produced, written and edited by women. The director Meera Menon and producer Laura Goode will be in attendance for a Q&A. Farah Goes Bang screens at 9pm in Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall.

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 | Narrative Feature

Farah Goes Bang

Awkward twenty-something Farah Mahtab hits the road with her buddies K.J. and Roopa to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will also be her opportunity to lose her virginity. Crisscrossing the culturally divided nation at this decisive post-9/11 moment, these multicultural girls find themselves and their politics unwelcome in many parts of the country. They take inspiration from their friendship and press on in their campaign, even as Farah’s efforts on both political and sexual fronts are continuously thwarted.

Preceded by Makers short on musician and feminist activist – Kathleen Hanna.

Date: Friday, February 7, 9PM
Location: Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall

Director Meera Menon and producer Laura Goode will join the audience for a post screening discussion.

Buy Tickets Here: Adult | Student

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 | Documentary Feature

Miss You Can Do It

For Young Audiences
In Partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation

One weekend a year, the Illinois town of Kewanee turns into a place of celebration and delight, as the annual Miss You Can Do It pageant spotlights young girls with disabilities from around the country. The first Miss USA contestant to compete with a disability, Abbey Curran started the pageant in 2004 to offer girls the opportunity to be celebrated for their inner beauty and spirit.

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014,  12PM
Location: Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall 

Director Ron Davis will join the audience for a discussion following the film.

* This screening is FREE to the public, however a ticket is required for entry*

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 | Narrative Feature

Short Term 12

Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge. But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throws her life into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 6PM
Location: Northwest Corner, 120th & Broadway, 5th Floor 

Buy Tickets Here: Adult | Student

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 | Narrative Feature

In a World…

Carol Solomon is a struggling vocal coach. Propelled by the hubris of her father, Sam Sotto, the reigning king of movie-trailer voice-over artists, Carol musters the courage to pursue her secret aspiration to be a voice-over star. Armed with renewed confidence, Carol lands her first voice-over gig—a primo gig—nabbing the job from industry bad boy Gustav Warner. And then the real trouble begins as Carol becomes entangled in a web of dysfunction, sexism, unmitigated ego, and pride. In A World… brings its viewer into an idiosyncratic world where one woman fights the odds and finally finds her voice. Winner of the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 9PM
Location: Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall  

Buy Tickets Here: Adult | Student



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