In Focus: Awards, actors and activists at Athena Film Festival
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Edited by Natalie Guerra

This year’s Athena Film Festival brought together directors, producers, actors and actresses, and even politicians. Along with film premieres and screenings, Barnard hosted various panels on Time’s Up and women in leadership.

Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Athena Film Festival, introduces “Fast Color,” one of the films that made its New York premiere during the festival. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Critic Rebecca Theodore-Vachon, director Julia Hart, CC ’04, and actress Lorraine Toussaint (left to right), held a panel following the film’s screening. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Melissa Silverstein, co-founder of the festival, proudly wears a Time’s Up pin. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Silverstein, left, and Kolbert, right, started the film festival nine years ago. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Desiree Akhavan, recipient of the Breakthrough Award, co-wrote and directed “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which played at the festival on Saturday. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Silverstein places a Time’s Up pin on Nina Shaw, BC ’76, Law ’79, a Time’s Up founding organizer. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Shaw was the recipient of the Athena Award for the 2019 Athena Film Festival. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Cameron Bailey, a former film critic from Canada and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival, received the Leading Man award. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

“On the Basis of Sex,” a film about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Law ’59, was followed by a panel that discussed the inspiration for the screenplay of film and the importance of this case. (Rya Inman / Senior Staff Photographer)

Panelists spoke about their experience as women in the film industry during the “Time’s Up X2” panel. From left to right, panelists include moderator Chloe Melas with Amber Tamblyn, Alysia Reiner, Nithya Raman, and Nina Shaw. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

People of all ages attended the Time’s Up X2 panel. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

When not watching films and documentaries on the big screen, festival-goers were able to experience a virtual reality event sponsored by Google throughout the weekend. (Kirill Buskirk / Staff Photographer)

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a guest appearance at the “Knock Down the House” showing Sunday night. The documentary discussed her grassroots political campaign. (Lula O'Donnell / Columbia Daily Spectator)