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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

Sneak Preview: Interview with Susanne Bier

Here's a brief snippet of my interview with Susanne Bier, Academy Award winning director of In a Better World. The film opens here in the US on April 1. The full interview will be up in a week or two.
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  • March 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe's new film Yelling to the Sky had its world premiere last month in Berlin. This month it premieres stateside as SXSW. When doing press for the film in Berlin, Sidibe talked about her new film as well as Precious and the need for more diverse stories in Hollywood.
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  • March 10, 2011 2:11 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Michelle Rodriguez

I love how this woman is able to talk about the roles women play in Hollywood because she doesn't play them. She entered into the business in Girlfight and has been the action go to girl since then. She plays another action type character in the big budget Battle: Los Angeles opening Friday. Here's what she told the NY Daily News said about the parts she plays:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 9, 2011 2:45 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Competition Lineup- 2011

The 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place next month starting April 20th.
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  • March 9, 2011 2:43 AM
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Recent Media Pieces

Here are some cool pieces that I was interviewed for:
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  • March 9, 2011 2:04 AM
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Thelma and Louise and What Could Have Been

When you spend so much time online one thing that suffers is off line reading. So, I am perpetually playing catch up to things that can't be read online. One of the pieces I just caught up with is "The Ride of a Lifetime" in the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair which was about the making of the groundbreaking film Thelma and Louise.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2011 4:29 AM
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Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Here's to hoping there is a time when women are treated equally. When we don't have to fight twice as hard for half the pie. For girls to be able to go to school without regard for being assaulted. For girls and women not to be sold into slavery just because they are girls and women. For women's voices and visions to count as much as men's. For people to remember to respect others no matter what color, gender or belief.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2011 2:30 AM
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Are We Equals?

With Daniel Craig- voice over by Dame Judi Dench. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 7, 2011 9:10 AM
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More: Sexism

Check Out Tina Brown's First Newsweek Cover

Bold move. The first female Newsweek editor puts a woman (Hillary Clinton) on her first cover.
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  • March 7, 2011 3:03 AM
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Opening Night at the Athena Film Festival

Pepsico's WIN (Women's Inspiration Network) was one of the sponsors of the Athena Film Festival. They took some great footage and edited together short pieces throughout the weekend. Here's the piece from opening night.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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More: Advocacy

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