Special Events

The 2015 Athena Film Festival Special Events will be announced in January, 2015.


See below for our 2014 Special Events:


Thursday, February 6, 8:30PM
Havana Central, 2911 Broadway, NYC (b/w 113th & 114th)

In celebration of the NY Premiere of Belle, we welcome all those who attend the opening film to join us for a celebration after the film.

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Laura Karpman

Master Class with Laura Karpman

Friday, February 7, 2014  3PM
Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall

Join four-time Emmy Award winning composer Laura Karpman in a conversation about how she has navigated music and media in the 21st century, clearing a path for herself and other women in the male-dominated entertainment world. Click Here For More Information



Master Class with Debra Martin Chase

Friday, February 7, 2014  4PM
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre, Diana Center LL200

This master class on producing for both TV and film features Debra Martin Chase, President of Martin Chase Productions. Chases’ extensive experience includes production of such films The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Princess Diaries, and The Cheetah Girls, and well as stints as the producing partner of Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. Click Here For More Information



athenafilm_bwBarnard Alumnae Reception

Friday, February 7, 8PM
Student Dining Room, Diana Center, 2nd Floor

Barnard Alumnae are invited to join us for a special reception following the screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs featuring Barnard alumna, Grace Lee Boggs ’35. Come mingle, network, and enjoy refreshments between films. Click Here For More Information


Athena's 2014 College LunchAthena College Lunch

Saturday, February 8, 2014  12:30PM
Sulzbeger Parlor, Barnard Hall, 3rd Floor

The Athena Film Festival welcomes college delegations of up to 10 students and one advisor to join us during the 2nd Annual College Student Lunch. In between watching great films, take a moment to stop in, grab a quick lunch, and meet other college students. This is a great way to have the students network with each other and discuss the importance of women and leadership both on and off the screen. If you’re interested in attending the Festival, please contact Maria Perez-Martinez, mperezma@barnard.edu for more information.

Callie Khouri
Master Class with Callie Khouri
Saturday, February 8, 2014  3PM
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre, Diana Center LL200
Join Academy Award winning screenwriter, director, and TV creator Callie Khouri for a conversation on success in Hollywood. She is the writer of 1991 with the hit movie Thelma and Louise, the director of The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and is the creator of the current ABC show Nashville. Click Here For More Information

Leymah GboweeConversation with Nobel Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Athena Film Festival Co-Founder, Kathryn Kolbert

Sunday, February 9, 2014  3PM
Diana Center Event Oval, LL100

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist and one of the people responsible for leading a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 which resulted in Liberia being the first African nation to have a female president — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In 2008, Gbowee was featured as the central character in the award winning documentary film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Join Leymah Gbowee and Kathryn Kolbert as they discuss the power of film in efforts to bring peace and social justice to war-torn areas, and how Pray the Devil Back to Hell, helped propel international recognition of her advocacy efforts. Click Here for More Information