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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

Women in Animation Rolls Out Mentorship Program

Seeking applicants now!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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Only 10% of Toronto Lineup So Far Directed by Women

New films from Susanne Bier, Isabel Coixet, Liv Ullmann, and Mia Hansen-Love make the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 12:07 PM
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First-Time Female Filmmakers Take Home Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards at Outfest

Sydney Freeland's "Drunktown Finest" won the Best Film trophy and Desiree Akhavan's "Appropriate Behavior" the Best Screenwriting prize from the US Grand Jury.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: It's All About Carrie in Season Four

A post-Brody "Homeland" lands Carrie in Pakistan.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 3:11 PM
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Sandra Bullock to Play Tupperware Marketing Exec in Biopic

The Tate Taylor-directed film will be rare venture into period territory for Bullock.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 2:01 PM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct, Co-Write, and Star in "Intimate" Film with Brad Pitt

"By the Sea" will be Jolie and Pitt's first on-screen collaboration since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 1:00 PM
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Half of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces Are Women

The 13 women on the list are a diverse lot.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 11:34 AM
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Weekly Update for July 18: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on July 18.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 18, 2014 2:55 PM
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Guest Post: Celebrating Woman Directors with a Look Back at Jane Campion’s The Piano

The LA-based org Seeking Our Story, which pursues an alternative film history of women directors, will host Campion's Oscar-winning film.
  • By Samantha Shada
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  • July 18, 2014 1:56 PM
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A Five-Star Life Director Maria Sole Tognazzi on Rejecting the Trope of the Selfish Career Woman

"My mother’s family owned many historic hotels in Rome, so the idea of ​​making a film entirely in hotels fascinated me."
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • July 18, 2014 1:52 PM
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