Still from Sister Aimee, image courtesy of Austin Chronicle

Columbia Filmmakers at Athena Film Festival

BY Felix van Kann, March 2, 2020

Just across the Columbia University gates, the 10th edition of the Athena Film Festival took place on Barnard College’s campus from February 27 - March 1 with five Columbia filmmakers showing their work. See the full list below: 


Category: Features


Sister Aimee

Samantha Buck ’16, Co-Writer and Co-Director

Marie Schlingmann ’16, Co-Writer and Co-Director


Sister Aimee is set in 1926 when America's most famous evangelist is a woman. And she's looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover's daydreams about Mexico and finds herself.


Still from Black Christmas


Black Christmas

Sophia Takal, CC ’07, Co-Writer and Director


Black Christmas is Takal’s new take on Bob Clark’s classic original from 1974. In the film, a group of female students is stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. That is until the young sorority pledges discover that the killer is part of an underground college conspiracy. 


Still from Frozen II, image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter


Frozen II

Jennifer Lee ’05, Writer and Co-Director


Frozen II explores why Elsa was born with magical powers. The answer is calling to her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.


Category: Discovering Girlhood: Shorts Program


Still from Nefertiti, image courtesy of Rhode Island International Film Festival



Valerie Schenkman ’18


Despite being blind and uniquely vulnerable, Nefertiti is determined to follow her desires and live her life on her own terms, with or without the help of her sister.



According to its website, “the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Over the last ten years, the festival has welcomed more than 35,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience.”