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Jodie Foster to Receive Athena Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Athena Film Festival will honor Jodie Foster with its Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual awards ceremony on Feb. 7.

The festival, in association with Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies along with Women and Hollywood, celebrates Foster for a nearly 50-year career as an actress and filmmaker, including memorable roles in “Taxi Driver” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Her directing work spans both film and television, as she recently helmed episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.”

Foster joins the roster of the festival’s previously announced 2015 honorees including HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood and producer Cathy Schulman.

The Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership in film, will be held Feb. 5-8 at Barnard College in New York. Foster’s next directorial effort, “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, will begin production later this year.

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