Special Events

The 2015 Athena Film Festival Special Events:


DreamcatcherOpening Film and After-Party

Date: Thursday, February 5, 6:30PM
Location: Bernheim & Schwartz, 2911 North Broadway (b/w 113 & 114)

In celebration of our opening film, Dreamcatcher is a portrait of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former Chicago prostitute, who helps women and teenage girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. The film lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities where they live. It is Brenda’s compassion and unflinching intervention that turns these desperate lives around.

The price of our Opening Film is $20 for all attendees. Anyone who attends the film is also invited to our opening-film after-party at Bernheim & Schwartz. Please have you ticket stub for admittance to the party.

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Cathy SchulmanMaster Class with Cathy Schulman

Date: Friday, February 6,  4:00PM
Location: Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre, Diana LL200

Join Academy Award® winning producer, Cathy Schulman, President of Mandalay Pictures, for a conversation on producing in Hollywood. In 2005, she produced Crash, which received Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing. Recently, she has worked on Horns, The Voices, and Dark Places, based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel.

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Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12:30pm
Location: Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall, 3rd Floor

Students from all over the country and increasingly, the world, have had a great time networking, discussing the importance of women and leadership both on and off the screen, and, of course, sharing their love of film.


Twyla Tharp

Twyla Thrap’s Moving Notations & Comments

Date: Friday, February 6th, 6:00PM
Location: Diana Center Event Oval, LL100

For the last fifty years Twyla Tharp ‘63 has and continues to use moving image technology as a tool in her dance-making  process. She has also created screen specific choreography for  groundbreaking movies such as HairRagtimeAmadeus and  White Nights.  Her television credits include the award-winning Making Television Dance for PBS and The Catherine Wheel, which she both choreographed and directed for the BBC as well as “Baryshnikov by Tharp” for which she won two Primetime Emmy awards. Since the 1960s, Tharp has used moving image technology to document her creative process, assembling an archive of over 4,000 hours that records not only her work as a choreographer but also her evolving physicality as a dance artist.  Tharp will join Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Athena Film Festival, for a conversation and will share clips from her career.

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 Barnard Alumnae Reception

Friday, February 6, 8PM
Location: Student Dining Room, Diana Center, 2nd Floor

Barnard Women in Entertainment will be hosting a special alumnae reception. Come mingle, network, and enjoy refreshments with other Barnard alumnae.

In addition to the reception, Friday night at the festival will feature Barnard in the Biz, a panel featuring alumnae who work in the entertainment industry, and A Conversation with Twyla Tharp ’63 on how she uses moving image technology as a tool in her dance-making process. The Athena Film Festival is pleased to offer a special “Barnard Package,” which includes a ticket to all three events for $20.

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Master Class with Gina Prince Bythewood

Date: Sunday, February 8,  1:00PM
Location: Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre, Diana LL200

This master class on directing for film features Gina Prince- Bythewood, writer, director, and producer. Prince-Bythewood’s films include Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights, which New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called one of the top 10 best films of 2014.

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