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The 4th Annual Athena Film Festival is Celebrating Female Leadership

New York’s 4th Annual Athena Film Festival, which is being held Thursday through Sunday at Barnard College, is set to celebrate women and their leadership roles in filmmaking. The festival was co-founded by Kathryn Kolbert (Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center) and Melissa Silverstein (founder of Women and Hollywood), in an effort to highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.

The 4th Annual Athena film Festival is set to include feature films, documentaries and shorts. The four-day festival will include conversations with directors, producers and actors, as well as activities for filmmakers.

Some of the films that will screen at this year’s festival include: ‘Belle,’ ‘Decoding Annie Parker,’ ‘Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way’ and ‘Short Term 12.’ Several women will also be honored this year at the festival: Sherry Lansing (Former Chair & CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox); Callie Khouri (Academy Award winning screenwriter of ‘Thelma and Louise,’ and creator of the series ‘Nashville’); Kasi Lemmons (Actress, director and writer of ‘Black Nativity,’ ‘Talk to Me,’ ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’) and Keri Putnam (Executive Director of the Sundance Institute). For more information on the 4th Annual Athena Film Festival, visit it’s official website.

The 4th Annual Athena Film Festival is Celebrating Female Leadership

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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