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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

UK Government Hires First Woman Head of BBC

Great news, but how are we still having the first woman anything in 2014?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • September 2, 2014 2:33 PM
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Ellen Burstyn to Direct Her First Film, Lake Bell Her Second

The 81-year-old Burstyn's feature directorial debut will be a character study called "Bathing Flo."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • September 2, 2014 12:27 PM
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  • 2 Comments

September 2014 Film Preview

Films about mental illness, vampiric teachers, style icons over age 60, and 1700-mile treks with only four camels and a dog for company.
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • September 2, 2014 10:59 AM
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Some Links To Check Out From Vacation

News You May Have Missed Last Week
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 2, 2014 10:00 AM
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Male Privilege Watch: Man With No Directing Experience to Direct Film With Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett

Another first time director gets a high profile gig.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 73 Comments

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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  • 84 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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  • 73 Comments

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