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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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Trailer Watch: Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes - Written and Directed by Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes made its debut at Sundance. The film follows Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) who lives with her father (Alfred Molina) and stepmother (Frances O'Connor). Emanuel hates her birthday because her mother died while giving birth to her. When Linda (Jessica Biel) moves in next door, Emanuel is struck by the resemblance Linda has to her late mother. After she begins babysitting for Linda, Emanuel and Linda begin to spend time together. They develop a quick bond and she becomes deeply involved in a secret of Linda's.
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  • April 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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A Night With Barbra Streisand

Monday evening, Barbra Streisand received the 40th Chaplin Award given by the Film Society at Lincoln Center. As you can guess the award was named after the first recipient Charlie Chaplin. Previous awardees have included the biggest of the big like Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorcese and every other big name. Looking at the list which has included several women like Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor, I couldn't help but notice that every other woman who had been feted was an actress, while the men who were honored included actors as well as directors.
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  • April 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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Infographic: Where are the Women Directors?

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  • April 23, 2013 11:30 AM
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NYC Event Alert: The Ins & Outs of Film Festival PR Panel On 4/24

If you are in New York, check out Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein moderating a panel on film festival PR tomorrow, Wednesday (4/24) at Merrill Lynch (601 Lexington Avenue, 47th Floor) at 6:30pm. You can get tickets here. Be sure to use the discount code WIH-PR.
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  • April 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Interview with Lily Tomlin - Narrator and Executive Producer of An Apology to Elephants

Tonight, in honor of Earth Day, HBO will premiere An Apology to Elephants narrated by Lily Tomlin that will put to an end any feeling person's trips to the circus. It's an intense film about the abuses elephants endure to entertain us, but is written in a way (by Jane Wagner) that won't freak kids out. The film is directed by Amy Schatz.
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  • April 22, 2013 3:07 PM
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Barbra Streisand to Receive Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement

Tonight, Barbra Streisand will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award for her impressive carer. The society specifically mentioned her work in front and behind the camera and her groundbreaking work in Yentl--the first film to credit a woman as directing, producing, starring and writing. Women and Hollywood will be there covering the event.
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  • April 22, 2013 1:30 PM
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Time Unveils 2013 Most Influential People in World

Time magazine has announced it's 2013 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. And it's full of extremely inspirational women from some of our favorites in entertainment like Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Shonda Rhimes to women who have bravely risked everything to change the world like the legendary Aung San Suu Kyi.
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  • April 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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Whose Responsibility Is It To Move The Dial for Women Directors?

So now that the Cannes lineup is in the rear view mirror it's time for a moment of reflection. I want to thank Mr. Thierry Fremaux the head of the Cannes Film Festival, for inspiring this moment. He talked to Screen Daily following the announcement of the lineup and made some interesting points worth further consideration
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  • April 22, 2013 11:30 AM
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Marin Alsop to be First Female Conductor for BBC's The Last Night of The Proms

Until now, for 118 years, BBC Proms has never been led by a female conductor. American born, premiere conductor Marin Alsop will be the first woman to do so.
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  • April 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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Watch The Top 3 WNBA Picks Talk Sports and Sexuality

While we have made great progress on gay marriage, we stil live in a world where there is not a single professional out male athlete that is currently playing a major sport. They are there, they are scared, but that's it's a really big, important step that hopefully is coming.
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  • April 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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