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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

Interview with Paula Van Der Oest, Director of Black Butterflies

Black Butterflies will premiere on April 23rd at the Tribeca Film Festival. Also check out this interview with the film's star Carice van Houten.
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  • April 22, 2011 2:30 AM
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Cannes Directors Fortnight 2011: The Women

Here are the films directed by women from the 2011 Cannes Directors Fortnight. Out of a total of 21 films, seven are directed by women. That's 33%. Not too shabby. (Descriptions from IndieWIRE)
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  • April 22, 2011 2:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Help

This looks great. Opens on August 12.
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  • April 22, 2011 1:12 AM
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Jodie Foster on Why There Are So Few Female Directors

I've been a bit hard on Jodie of late for her support of Mel Gibson and for taking a gig with Roman Polanski, but it seems she is taking one for the team when talking about why there are so few female directors.
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  • April 21, 2011 4:48 AM
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HBO To Screen Many Docs by Women This Summer

HBO announced their summer documentary lineup and there are many great looking women directed films -- two from Liz Garbus -- and others including one about Gloria Steinem directed by men. The 11 week series begins June 6.
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  • April 21, 2011 4:10 AM
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Interview at the International Women's Film Festival

Here I am in all my glory
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  • April 21, 2011 4:00 AM
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The Jury Awards - International Women's Film Festival 2011

The International Women's Film Festival concluded last evening in Dortmund, Germany. Over 8,000 people saw movies, went to concerts, and went to workshops over the last five days. Pretty impressive number. I had the honor of being on the jury for the international feature competition which awarded a 25,000 euro prize to Attenberg written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. (I got a short interview with Tsangari at the ceremony. I will post it later this week when I am back and have access to unlimited data uploads.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2011 11:30 AM
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More: Feminism

Guest Post: Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez The Imperalists Are Still Alive! By Melissa Silvestri

From the opening shot of artist Asya (Elodie Bouchez) naked save for a machine gun and a hijab on her head, one can tell that The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, written and directed by Zeina Durra, is looking to flip the victim image of Muslim women on its head with a subtle sense of humor and observation. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! tracks moments in the life of Asya, an artist of mixed Middle Eastern background who lives a rock’n’roll lifestyle in NYC with a hip crowd while keeping tabs on the missing whereabouts of her friend in Lebanon. She lives her life day to day, and Durra keeps the films fresh and fun by never making Asya a self-pitying martyr, nor making light of life post 9/11 for people of Middle Eastern descent in NYC. Elodie Bouchez (of Alias and The Dreamlife of Angels) plays Asya with a keen awareness of her surroundings and a deep inner life that isn’t always obvious on the outside.
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  • April 17, 2011 1:32 AM
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Maren Kroymann - The German Meryl Streep

I got a bit of an inkling about how popular my fellow jury member Maren Kroymann was here in Germany, when at the opening night party a couple of people circled her, pointed their fingers and stared. Since I have a limited knowledge of actresses who have not been seen in movies in America I had no idea who Maren Kroymann was aside from having googled her before I arrived here in Germany.
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  • April 15, 2011 3:06 AM
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More: Lesbian

Good News: A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster Might be Heading Back to Criminal Minds

Less than a year after making the bone headed decision to cut A.J. Cook and then Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds it looks like they might be heading back into the BAU. The show did a really good arc (one of the most interesting on the show) to say farewell to Brewster and also brought in a newbie agent played by Rachel Nichols to shore up the female factor on the show.
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  • April 14, 2011 12:57 PM
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