The third annual Athena Film festival will continue its tradition of bringing attention to female filmmakers across the business, recognizing Gale Ann Hurd, producer of AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Boasting several big names, including co-chairs Diablo Cody and Greta Gerwig, BC ’06, the festival will take place on Barnard’s campus from Feb. 7-10, 2013. Along with screenings, it will host Q-and-A sessions with industry professionals and workshops targeted at women aiming to break into the business. Pat Michell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, and Rose Kuo, executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will also be honored, along with other leading women in the film industry. The festival is co-produced by the Athena Center and Women and Hollywood and sponsored by ARTEMIS Media Ventures as well as the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms. Passes for the Festival are now available on its website, and ticket sales will begin on Jan. 7, 2013.
Four seniors reflect on their time at Columbia, and what it means to be leaving these years—and NYC—behind.