Thanks to the brilliant Ava DuVernay, who tweeted this:
And one more. @MelSil + @AthenaFilmFest continue to snatch all today’s headlines. And rightly so. This sounds great. http://t.co/Iie5ttn17Y
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 6, 2014
That link is to Time Magazine and an article about the inaugural Athena List. In case you haven’t heard of it (which I hadn’t until today), it is a list that has grown out of the Athena Film Festival comprised of 3-5 screenplays that feature a strong female protagonist. All the scripts on the list (at least for the current year) are based on true stories and the lives of real women. I don’t really know of the people or scripts involved, nor the methodology of how these particular screenplays were chosen.
And you know what? I don’t care.
I don’t care who’s on the list or why some great script isn’t on it or my great script isn’t on it. I am just really, very happy that this list exists. And I’m excited to see whatever comes of it.