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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Infographic: Women Directors in the Studio System

A breakdown of how many women directors are hired by each of the Big Six.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 44 Comments

Guest Post: Going Back to School with Martha Coolidge’s 'Valley Girl'

“It's a job very well suited to women," says Coolidge of directing a film. "Half the traits of any good director are female traits and half are male. Nurturing, listening, creative thinking, and all the people skills are very female."
  • By Samantha Shada
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  • August 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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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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  • August 27, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 81 Comments

8 Queer Women Films to Watch in 2014

Lesbian cinema has moved beyond the traditional "coming out" narrative to ask the all-important question, How does one love?
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • August 26, 2014 12:00 PM
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Top Designers Refused to Make Melissa McCarthy's Oscar Dress

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers -- very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people -- and they all said no."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 72 Comments

Weekly Update for August 22 & 29: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

"If I Stay"
A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on August 22 and 29.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 22, 2014 4:00 PM
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Sandra Bullock to Star in and Produce Political Drama 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name, 'Our Brand is Crisis' "focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 22, 2014 3:00 PM
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AFI Expands Directing Workshop for Women Program for Digital Age

This year's sponsors include the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 22, 2014 2:02 PM
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Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Dockery to Star in Psychological Thriller

Moss and Dockery will play former childhood best friends who have grown apart and now fear each other.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Katie Holmes Teaches Children and Criminals Lessons as a Vigilante in 'Miss Meadows'

The thriller, written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins ('Stepmom,' 'Because I Said So'), stars Holmes as a sweet schoolteacher by day -- and a merciless vigilante by night.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 22, 2014 12:00 PM
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