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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

Guest Post: Bechdel Ain’t Just for the Ladies: Westerns, and Protagonists Who Are Not Like Me

What if the stereotypical white male "empathy deficiency" is not at all innate, but a social distinction engendered by the stories we tell?
  • By Debs Paterson
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  • July 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: New Spot for Chloe Grace Moretz's Teen Melodrama If I Stay

Life-or-death situations are rarely as literal as the one teenage Mia (Moretz) faces: Should she live or die?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 25, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Fifty Shades of Grey Doesn't Bother with the Niceties

"I don't do romance."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 4:00 PM
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17% of Venice Film Fest's Main Lineup Directed by Women

Only 2 of the 19 films in the main competition are from female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 2:45 PM
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New York's Women’s Project Theater Hires New Producing Artistic Director

McNulty's association with the theater goes back nearly two decades.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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Amanda de Cadenet on Becoming the Newest Women in Late-Night TV and How Chelsea Handler Opened Doors for Her

"Some people would say having a feminist perspective is political, but I don't think it is. I think it's just having a female perspective."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2014 12:11 PM
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You're the Worst: Misanthropes In Love

While the traditional sitcom relationship is based on stand-up comedy gender generalities, the meeting of the minds between two like-minded misanthropes in "You're the Worst" is a thing of equal-opportunity beauty.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • July 24, 2014 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Dear White People Tackles the Myth of Post-Racial America

"It's like Spike Lee and Oprah had sort of a pissed-off baby," says one white student in describing protagonist Sam White (Tessa Thompson).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 10:00 AM
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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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