Co-founders of Athena Film Festival speak to the need for cultural change and making women leaders the norm

February 28, 2019

A recent Columbia Spectator article previewed the Athena Film Festival and the efforts made by co-founders Melissa Silverstein and Kathryn Kolbert:

Kathryn Kolbert argued the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the Supreme Court as a public interest attorney specializing in women’s reproductive rights. Melissa Silverstein founded Women and Hollywood, an initiative that “educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry,” according to its website. At Barnard, they worked together to create an innovative event that promotes a new kind of leadership, uniting politics and film.

Kolbert helped create the Athena Center for Leadership Studies in 2009, which she directed until this past June. Then, in 2010, she co-founded, along with Silverstein, the Athena Film Festival, a weekend consisting of film screenings and programs centered around stories of women leaders.

Read the rest of Alejandra Quintana's article here.