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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

Jane Campion to Receive Carrosse d'Or

At next month's Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion will receive the Carrosse d'Or.
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  • April 10, 2013 10:14 AM
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SXSW Interview with Hannah Fidell, Lindsay Burdge and Kim Sherman of A Teacher

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  • April 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Heads to Chicago

I just wanted to give a heads up to any readers in the Chicago area.
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  • April 9, 2013 1:00 PM
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Meryl on Margaret

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died yesterday. To say that she was a controversial figure is a huge understatement. On top of all the discussions about her work as Prime Minister, one topic that has gotten a large amount of discussion is whether or not she was a feminist. Lionel Shriver in Slate says that Thatcher was a feminist based on her actions. I am of the mind that she clearly made strides for women in politics, but a feminist? Not in my book. But clearly others disagree.
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  • April 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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Nora Ephron Documentary Being Developed at HBO

Close to a year after beloved screenwriter/director Nora Ephron died due to complications from leukemia comes the news that HBO will be developing a documentary about Ephron's life.
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  • April 9, 2013 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Farah Goes Bang - Directed by Meera Menon, written by Meera Menon and Laura Goode

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month is Meera Menon's Farah Goes Bang.
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  • April 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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Interview with Karen Struck and Amanda Johns - Writers on Monday Mornings

For the last couple of months I have been enjoying the new series Monday Mornings created by David E. Kelley. It's a hospital drama that focuses on the surgeons and the meeting each week (sometimes it seems more than weekly) where the doctors are confronted with challenges and issues that have come up on certain cases. Those meeting are not pretty and are led by Alfred Molina as the chief of staff. The show took a couple of weeks to settle in and lately it has hit a very interesting groove. There are several very strong female characters including Sarayu Rao as Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Sydney Napur.
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  • April 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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Watch This: Ellen Announces Finding Dory

A couple days ago, Ellen announced the long awaited sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. The sequel, Finding Dory, will focus heavily on Ellen's character Dory from the first film.
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  • April 8, 2013 1:00 PM
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Katie Dippold Signs 7-Figure Deal With Chernin Entertainment

Katie Dippold's writing future just got a little brighter. Her film The Heat, directed by Bridemaids' Paul Feig and starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy hasn't even hit theaters yet, the confidence that both Chernin Entertainment and Fox have in the film -- specifically moving the film smack dab into blockbuster season-- have made Dippold a hot commodity.
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  • April 8, 2013 12:00 PM
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Beyonce Is A "Modern-Day Feminist"

Beyonce covers this month's British Vogue. In between questions about her adorable daughter, Blue Ivy, upcoming tour and husband Jay-Z, the publication asked Beyonce if she considers herself a feminist.
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 AM
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