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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

Mildred Pierce - Poster and Trailers

In the good old days this actually would have been a movie (oh, yeah it was.) I'm probably not going out on a limb to think this will be one of the high points of the year creatively. Anything with Kate Winslet is worth a celebration and this looks to be quite spectacular.
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  • February 28, 2011 3:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: Meek's Cutoff Written and Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Will be released in the US in April
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  • February 28, 2011 2:02 AM
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Keeping it All in Perspective

Hollywood is giving out a lot of awards this weekend but it's also really important to keep a bigger picture in mind. While we fight for women's rights and visibility in Hollywood, other rights we take for granted are being removed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 27, 2011 5:35 AM
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Women at the Movies This Weekend - February 25, 2011

Women's Films Now PlayingThe Other WomanOrgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) When We LeaveThe Roommate From Prada to NadaTrue GritBhutto (doc)The WoodmansThe Tempest - written and directed by Julie TaymorBlack SwanTangledMade in DagenhamTiny Furniture - written and directed by Lena DunhamThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestWinter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 8:18 AM
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Who Goes to the Movies? Moviegoers Stats from 2010

The annual look at who went to the movies from the MPAA has been released. Here are the relevant stats. Women and men go to the movies in equal numbers. In 2010 women bought 50% of the tickets and men bought 50% of the tickets.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 4:21 AM
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From Feminist Frequency: Women's Stories, Movies and the Oscars

This video completely speaks for itself. Think about it as you watch the Oscars.
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  • February 25, 2011 3:30 AM
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Support This Film! - The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman

I am breaking my rule of not posting info about films looking to raise money because I think this one is very important. I so want to see this made so we can have it at a future Athena Film Festival. Looks like it will be a really great film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 3:04 AM
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Geena Davis: Gender Stereotypes Remain Deeply Entrenched in Today's Entertainment...

Yesterday, The United Nations celebrated the launch of a new agency -- UN Women -- which combines all the different women's organizations under one leader, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The agency has a $500 million yearly budget and the goal is to press governments around the world for a "new era of gender equality."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 2:56 AM
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Lisa Cholodenko Talks Women Directors: "There's a Kind of Fundamental Misogyny in the Culture"

I caught Lisa Cholodenko being interviewed on Tell Me More on NPR yesterday and Michel Martin got Lisa Cholodenko to talk about issues related to female directors that I have not heard any women utter in public before. Finally a woman in Hollywood says out loud that it sucks that her film was nominated for best picture and that she wasn't recognized for her directing, that we value the stories about men more than stories about women and here's the money quote from Cholodenko:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 24, 2011 4:35 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow Was Offered New Spiderman Directing Gig

In a piece in the LA Times about The King's Speech Tom Hooper's next gig, I learned something very interesting -- that Kathryn Bigelow turned down the Spiderman reboot now to be directed by Marc Webb. The folks at The Playlist had this back last year, but I completely missed it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 24, 2011 4:07 AM
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