With a special screening of HALLOWEEN
The ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL has announced the upcoming Women & Horror panel in their lineup for this year’s festival.
The panel will be moderated by Caryn Coleman (Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema) and will feature panelists Ashlee Blackwell (creator of Graveyard Shift Sisters and co-writer and producer of Shudder/AMC Network’s Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror) , Christina Raia (writer and director of various horror features), Nancy Stephens (featured actress in HALLOWEEN), and Jennifer Wexler (director of horror film THE RANGER).
While the overall statistics on women in the film industry are disappointing, the horror genre is one space where women reign. They are taking on increasingly larger roles in horror films as filmmakers and also as protagonists. This panel will delve into the history of women in horror and discuss the recent renaissance of the genre. The Women & Horror panel at the ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL seeks to explore this topic.
There will also be a special screening of the 1978 horror hit, HALLOWEEN. On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
After the conclusion of HALLOWEEN, there will be a Q&A session with actress and activist, Nancy Stephens.