Support Women in Film!

The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced a few weeks ago, and for the 80th year (80 out of 84), the Best Director category included all male nominees. Check out Canonball for a list of five female-directed films some believed were snubbed.

You can support women in film here in Manhattan — specifically, uptown at Barnard College. The second annual Athena Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with four days full of films by, for and about women.

The Athena Film Festival is a joint partnership between Barnard College, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women & Hollywood. On Friday, February 10th, members the MYD Women’s Issues Committee will be attending a screening of Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary work-in-progress, followed by a talk-back with the directors.

MYD is partnering with Athena Film Festival, along with many other great organizations, so members can receive discounted tickets to Ann Richards’ Texas. Email women@gomyd.com for more information.

If you can’t make the screening, there are many other great films to check out. The Festival boasts a diverse range of films that exemplify its mission—to illuminate the stories of courageous women who have made a difference across the globe – with a lineup of over 30 features, documentaries and shorts set to screen. Here’s the schedule.

Interested in women’s issues? Join the MYD Women’s Issues Committee! Our next meeting is February 13th (coincidentally “Galentines Day,” if you watch Parks & Rec) at 7 p.m. at Starbucks (Park Avenue at 29th Street). Email women@gomyd.com.

Thanks to Women’s Issues Committee member Amy Chen for contributing to this post!

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