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Julia’s Athena 2024: Abortion Stories, 20K Bees, & Erica Tremblay

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending my fourth Athena Film Festival at Barnard College (my alma mater). Although I have now graduated, it’s always a joy to return to campus and see the next class of wonderful people donning Athena merch and scanning tickets at the door, greeting people and giving directions, and sitting down to enjoy what is hands-down Barnard’s best event of the year. read more.

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Marilyn Bergman/Barbra Streisand: Melding Hearts, Minds & Voices

Today, January 8, 2022 – on the second anniversary of her death at age 93 – we remember songwriter Marilyn Bergman.

Marilyn (almost always in collaboration with her husband Alan) is responsible for some of the greatest song lyrics in film history. Throughout their long career, Alan & Marilyn also collaborated with powerhouse composers such as Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand, and, most significantly, with songstress Barbra Streisand.read more.

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Danish Filmmaker Susanne Bier Leads with Strength & Tenacity

Five years ago today, Bird Box was released in theaters. This gripping psychological thriller about a mother determined to get her children to safety during an apocalypse, this film could only have been made by someone with equal amounts of strength and gumption as Sandra Bullock’s character in the film.read more.

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Eating Together: Judy Chicago’s ‘Herstory’ at New Museum in NYC

Art heals. I spend a great deal of time reading and writing about that healing as critically as possible: How well and how much does art heal? When is it too late, when is it insufficient and when has it left out those who need it most? 

But in this immediate cultural moment, after news of an ongoing humanitarian crisis remains on our feeds, and New York City continues its own social struggles, I approached the New Museum’s Herstory, a first retrospective of American artist Judy Chicago, with nothing but the urgency to seek out art as a salve for this aching feeling.read more.

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Joanna Hogg’s Film ‘The Souvenir Part II’ is Cinematic Art

In 2019, Richard Brody (New Yorker magazine’s art house film critic) criticized Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, writing: “A far more conventional director might have been inclined to ask more questions of the script, to show more of the action, to reveal more about the characters, and, as a result, to make a more engaging and insightful movie.”… read more.

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Documentary Filmmaker Amy Berg: Witness to Injustice

Eight years ago today, Janis: Little Girl Blue released to U.S. theaters. The documentary follows the life of acclaimed singer-songwriter and rock star Janis Joplin. Through archival footage mixed with powerful narration by Cat Powers (a contemporary woman rocker), the director takes her viewers on a journey into the legend of one of the most celebrated rock and roll icons.read more.

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