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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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Tina Fey's Mean Girls Had The Most Women on a Crew in the Last 20 Years

Steven Segal's "On Deadly Ground" was the worst with 10%.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 23, 2014 3:19 PM
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Amma Asante Inspires Women Filmmakers at BAFTA Event: "I Want to Do a Studio Film to Show that as a Woman I Can":

"I’ve been asked by financiers if I wear my high heels when I’m filming," she reveals.
  • By Alice Thorpe
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  • July 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Joe Swanberg on the Movies: "Men Are Out of Ideas"

"We need women to step up in a big way over the next ten years or we're fucked culturally," Swanberg continued.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 23, 2014 1:19 PM
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The Big O: Watch Out, Toronto - The Great Kate, Dame Maggie, and Some Stellar Female Directors Are Coming Your Way

Also at Toronto this year: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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Half of Sarajevo Film Fest Doc Contenders Directed by Women

The films deal with a variety of issues, including the status of refugees ("Evaporating Borders"), corruption in Communist regimes ("Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service"), and the brave women of Tahrir Square ("Private Revolutions - Young, Female, Egyptian").
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 23, 2014 10:15 AM
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Chicken and Egg Launches New Fund for Women Documentarians from India

Grant recipients will receive $10,000 in cash and/or in-kind services.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 3:30 PM
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Terry Press Takes Over As Sole Head of CBS Films

CBS Films released "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The To Do List" last year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 2:30 PM
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Women in Animation Rolls Out Mentorship Program

Seeking applicants now!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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Only 10% of Toronto Lineup So Far Directed by Women

New films from Susanne Bier, Isabel Coixet, Liv Ullmann, and Mia Hansen-Love make the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 12:07 PM
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First-Time Female Filmmakers Take Home Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards at Outfest

Sydney Freeland's "Drunktown Finest" won the Best Film trophy and Desiree Akhavan's "Appropriate Behavior" the Best Screenwriting prize from the US Grand Jury.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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