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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

2013 Cannes News - Part 2

More lady news coming out of Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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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.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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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

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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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.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2013 2:36 PM
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Odes to Female Friendships Rule The Weekend with Katie Aselton's Black Rock and Frances Ha

This weekend, two very different films that explore the intricacies of female friendships are hitting theaters (and VOD) near you: Katie Aselton's thriller Black Rock and Noah Baumbach's wry Frances Ha.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 17, 2013 2:30 PM
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Trailer Roundup: Women Created Fall TV Shows

We've been reporting quite a bit about the Fall TV pick ups recently. Only 8 women created shows were picked up among all the networks which is a really depressing number.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 17, 2013 1:15 PM
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Guest Post: Screaming With Your Body

Hysteria is the way to express with your body desires that the society does not accept. It’s like screaming with your body.
  • By Alice Winocour
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  • May 17, 2013 12:30 PM
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Women Created Shows That Have Been Canceled

The last couple weeks have been a bloodbath when it's come to television cancellations. Great women created shows like Ann Biderman's Southland on TNT didn't make it. Here are some of the women created shows that got canceled this season with a focus on the main networks. We hope to see more great work from these talented women on our television screens again soon.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 17, 2013 11:15 AM
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Guest Post: Bold Broads and Daring Dames: An Interview with Kim Krizan

Kim Krizan is an Academy Award-nominated writer of the films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. She appeared as an actress in the films Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and Waking Life. She wrote the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Zombie Tales: 2061. Kim earned a Master's degree in literature and became an Anais Nin scholar. She teaches creative writing classes for UCLA Extension. Kim recently released her first book, Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale (Los Angeles 2013).
  • By Ann Baldwin
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  • May 17, 2013 10:08 AM
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Review Roundup: The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring opened up Un Certain Regard at Cannes and the reviews of the film are coming in. Here's a roundup of reviews of the film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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