NEW YORK (February 12, 2019) –  The Athena Film Festival is happy to announce new, additional programming for the 2019 Festival, including the World Premiere of the Lifetime original film I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story,  a late-night Horror Classics screening of  Halloween with a special guest, a filmmaking conversation with Columbia alumni and director of Fast Color, Julia Hart, and an additional panel on women in STEM and how to tell their stories. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more about the additional programming!

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I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story {World Premiere}
Directed by Janice Cooke | Written by Camille Thomasson | USA | 87 Min
Thursday, February 28, 4 PM | Diana Event Oval | Diana Center

I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story tells the journey of a young African American girl who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman, Jeanne, who believed in her. After Jeanne’s unsuccessful attempt to adopt Regina due to a racially motivated ruling, their bond is forced apart. I Am Somebody’s Child is Regina’s story of how one woman’s belief and love becomes her lifeline as she defeated the odds of a corrupt system and succeeded. After 25 years, Jeanne is finally able to adopt Regina in the same courthouse that denied them previously.

Filmmaking Conversation with Julia Hart
Friday, March 1, 4:15 PM | 511 Dodge Hall | Columbia University

The Athena Film Festival in conjunction with SOA student groups (C-WIF) Columbia Women in Film and (FOCUS) Filmmakers of Color United in Spirit, invite you to join filmmaker and Columbia College alumni Julia Hart for a conversation and discussion on the filmmaking process. She is the writer of The Keeping Room (2014) and the writer and director of Miss Stevens (2016) and the upcoming Fast Color which will open the 2019 Athena Film Festival and will be released in theaters in spring of 2019.

Halloween {Horror Classics} with Special Guest!
Directed by John Carpenter | Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Saturday, March 2, 9:00 PM | James Room

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Storytelling-Women in STEM
Sunday, March 3, 1:30 PM |Ina R. & Howard J. Drew Conference Center

Immediately following the screening of Shorts Program III, this conversation will discuss the challenges and potential of bringing stories about women and science to life, engaging filmmakers in a conversation on the hurdles they face when trying to translate short films into features and other media. Panelists include Heather Berlin (neuroscientist, professor, and host of Science Goes to the Movies) and filmmakers A. Sayeeda Moreno and Lauren Orme