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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

Pilot Update: ABC Picks Up 3 Women Created Pilots, CBS Picks Up 1

As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
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  • May 13, 2013 2:27 PM
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Watch This: The Invisible War on PBS

Make sure to watch The Invisible War airing on PBS tonight at 10pm. It's an extremely important film that examines the rape epidemic within the U.S. military. With the increase in the sexual assault numbers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming introduction of legislation that would give military prosecutors the power to decide which cases to try, the film's discussion is crucial.
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  • May 13, 2013 1:06 PM
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Women Directed and Written Projects Chosen for Sundance Institute's June Directors and Screenwriters Labs

The Sundance Institute announced the 13 projects chosen for their prestigious June Director and Screenwriter Labs which take place from May 27-June 27. The program has fellows work with creative advisors, actors and crews to shoot and edit scenes from their screenplays. They get the opportunity to workshop their work.
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  • May 13, 2013 12:00 PM
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Olivia Colman, 'Girls' Take Home BAFTA TV Awards

Last night, BAFTA handed out their TV awards. Actress Olivia Colman won big--receiving both the female performance in a comedy award for Twenty Twelve and supporting actress award for Accused (Mo's Story). Girls took home best international show.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:25 AM
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Sundance: Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight Gets Pick Up from Film Arcade and Cinedigm

After winning the U.S. Dramatic Directing award for her film Afternoon Delight, Jill Soloway's Sundance film has finally got picked up by Film Arcade and Cinedigm.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:00 AM
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Brave Director Brenda Chapman Responds to Merida Coronation

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  • May 13, 2013 9:25 AM
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Weekly Update May 10: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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  • May 10, 2013 3:00 PM
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Kerry Washington FINALLY Covers A Major Fashion Magazine

Kerry Washington is on a roll. She was in the hugely successful Django Unchained. She's in one of the hottest shows on TV as the star -- Olivia Pope -- who is in love with the President of the United States -- did you see that episode last night? Her new movie Peeples is in theaters now. She's also a huge advocate for women and is also very politically active. Basically, she's flawless.
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  • May 10, 2013 1:30 PM
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Pilot Watch: The CW Is Clear Early Winner for Women, NBC and Fox Order No Women Written Shows

This is crunch week in TV land where current shows either get picked up for next season or cancelled and some happy pilot writers get a series pickup. As of this morning, NBC, Fox and The CW have announced their pickups.
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  • May 10, 2013 12:38 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Announces Line Up

The Los Angeles Film Festival recently announced their line up. And it's great. Some of our festival favorites are screening including Lake Bell's In A World, Stacie Passon's Concussion, Short Term 12, Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda amongst many others.
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  • May 10, 2013 11:30 AM
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