How Female-Focused Version of the Black List Gave RBG Biopic, Sundance Winner 'Clemency' a Boost

March 1, 2019

The Athena List and On The Basis of Sex, which will be shown at the Athena Film Festival on Friday, March 1st, got some buzz recently on the Hollywood Reporter:

The Athena List, featuring three to five unproduced screenplays about women leaders, has provided early attention to films 'On the Basis of Sex,' the Alfre Woodard-starring U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury winner at this year's Park City festival, and Catherine Keener starrer 'Little Pink House' and led to more opportunities for its selected writers.

On the Basis of Sex writer Daniel Stiepleman didn't know about the Athena List, a Black List-inspired slate of three to five unproduced screenplays about women leaders, until his Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic was selected to be on it.
 
Stiepleman's script about the Supreme Court Justice landed on the first edition of the Athena List, unveiled in early 2014 in conjunction with the Athena Film Festival, which celebrates women's leadership and was co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood.
 
The selection, Stiepleman says, served as a vote of confidence in his work and indicated that other people thought On the Basis of Sex, which hit theaters in December and has grossed almost $29 million worldwide amid good reviews, should be made.

Read the rest of Hillary Lewis' article here.