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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Biopic of Anna May Wong, First Chinese-American Star, in the Works

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been approached for the role.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Sandra Adair on Hollywood's Slippery Career Ladder for Women

The editor of "Boyhood" shares her thoughts on working below the line while female in the film industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 2:06 PM
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Jessica Lange to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Lange will be the first female recipient of the festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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Meet Outlander, the Anti-Game of Thrones

Showrunner Ron Moore sought "an actress who projected intelligence - which informs her adaptability, her sexuality. I needed to find someone you could watch think on camera."
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • July 30, 2014 12:30 PM
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  • 60 Comments

The 4 Best Reasons to Make a Web Series

Season 2 was my turn to be showrunner.
  • By Marin Gazzaniga
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  • July 30, 2014 11:30 AM
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More: Webseries

Trailer Watch: Peek Inside the Hallowed Halls of Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club

Where wealthy pricks learn to be wealthy pricks.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 10:08 AM
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Toronto Film Fest Announces More Films; Only 12% of Lineup So Far Directed by Women

It looks like TIFF just won't be a great showcase for women directors this year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Quotes of the Day: Zoe Saldana on Hollywood Sexism and Ageism

"A woman is not an incompetent, impotent, inept creature. Yet half of the scripts you read in Hollywood have [subservient] characters.”
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 2:53 PM
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Showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh's Journey from Connecticut "Black Nerd" to 50 Cent Collaborator

Agboh is the Emmy-nominated showrunner of the Starz series "Power."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 1:15 PM
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Guest Post: How I Quit the LA Actor Race and Became the Filmmaker I Always Wanted to Be

I'll never forget the moment when we shot our last frame. The sky was magical, and everyone stood around in shock. Had we actually pulled this thing off?
  • By Zoe Quist
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  • July 29, 2014 11:35 AM
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  • 1 Comment

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