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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

Kerry Washington Gives George Washington University Commencement Address

Our favorite DC fixer Olivia Pope (a.k.a. the lovely, talented Kerry Washington) gave the commencement address at George Washington University.
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  • May 21, 2013 12:45 PM
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Tribeca: Interview with Jane Weinstock - Co-Writer/Director of The Moment

I was traveling a lot during this year's Tribeca Film Festival but thanks to technology I was able to catch some of the movies that I really wanted to see. One of those was the Jennifer Jason Leigh starrer, The Moment, written and directed by Jane Weinstock. It was a prototype Jennifer Jason Leigh film. Broody, moody, fucked up and confused. She plays a war photographer suffering PTSD not knowing what is real and what is imagined.
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  • May 21, 2013 10:15 AM
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Quote of the Day: Michelle Rodriguez on Female Writers

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  • May 20, 2013 2:25 PM
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Watch This: Lauren Graham on her New YA Novel and Parenthood

Watch the insanely charming Lauren Graham talk about her new YA novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, about a young woman who is trying to make it on Broadway in the 90s.
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  • May 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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British Study Shows Older Women are Pushed Off Screen

A British study showed that as women television hosts age, they are increasingly pushed off screen. The study, which looked at BBC, Sky, ITN and Channel 5, tallied that out of 481 presenters at all the networks only 26 women over 50 are regularly on screen.
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  • May 20, 2013 12:30 PM
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A Feminist Analysis of Rodham - the Feature Film About Young Hillary Clinton

The script Rodham by Young Il Kim has been one of the scripts on the recent Blacklist -- it came in 4th -- that has made significant buzz before it even starts production. While we hoped when the buzz began that there would be some women on the team, we were none too pleased to read that James Ponsoldt director of Smashed and the upcoming Spectacular Now got the gig.
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  • May 20, 2013 11:09 AM
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2013 Cannes News - Part 2

More lady news coming out of Cannes.
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  • May 17, 2013 5:30 PM
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Jon Stewart Takes on the Merida Makeover: The Princess and the PR

Love this. Jon Stewart kicked the shit out of Disney for their Merida makeover.
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  • May 17, 2013 4:02 PM
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Weekly Update May 17: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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  • May 17, 2013 3:00 PM
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Why Society Needs Feminism

I found this through my twitter feed today and think it is appropriate and is a good thought for the weekend. I think this should answer all the naysayers who think young women aren't feminists. This is one of the most feminist things I have read in a long time and it's from a young woman -- Caitlin M. O'Donnell at Drake University.
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  • May 17, 2013 2:36 PM
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