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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

'To Be Takei' Director Jennifer Kroot on George Takei's "Singular Personality" and the Takeis' "Functional-Dysfunctional" Marriage

"I really admire that George has faced a range of obstacles (internment, discrimination against Asian American actors, being "closeted" for most of his career) throughout his life and that he's remained relentlessly optimistic."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 21, 2014 11:00 AM
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America Ferrara to Host Latino Documentary Series 'Panoramica'

The 'Ugly Betty' actress will provide context for "compelling stories that explore issues of particular interest to the Hispanic community."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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TIFF Announces Julie Taymor and Marjane Satrapi Premieres

Also screening at TIFF: women directors from five continents.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 20, 2014 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Susan Sarandon Hunts a Serial Killer in 'The Calling'

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Sarandon) is living a quiet, pill-addicted life in a small town until a routine call leads to an especially grim murder scene.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 20, 2014 1:00 PM
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'May in the Summer' Writer-Director Cherien Dabis on Hiring Herself to Star in Her Film

"Authenticity was very important to me, and I was having a really difficult time finding someone who really embodied the spirit of the character, and also brought that cultural, linguistic authenticity."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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Emmys Rundown: The Good, the Bad, the Gender Disparity

Who we're rooting for: Kate McKinnon, Anna Gunn, Alison Tolman, Lizzy Caplan.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • August 20, 2014 11:01 AM
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Debbie Reynolds to Be Awarded Life Achievement Honor at SAG Awards

Reynolds is an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe nominee.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 20, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Marion Cotillard Has 'Two Days, One Night' to Get Her Job Back

Cotillard's latest French-language drama deals with depression and unemployment.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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Chicken & Egg to Honor Film Society of Lincoln Center's Lesli Klainberg and Eugene Hernandez

Klainberg and Hernandez will be recognized for their contributions to independent documentary filmmaking.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Finds Distribution

Gravitas Ventures will release the (very funny) Sundance comedy early next year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 12:00 PM
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