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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

EW Picks the 25 Top Working Directors

EW published a list of the "top" 25 working directors and they define top as "most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today". Not surprisingly, only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow makes it to the list at number 15.
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  • February 23, 2011 4:10 AM
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Kristen Schaal Takes on the Republicans War Against Women

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  • February 23, 2011 3:41 AM
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Attention Female Filmmakers: Submit Your Short Film to Lunafest by April 1 and Win $1,000

This is direct from our friends at Lunafest
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  • February 23, 2011 3:05 AM
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Sofia Coppola Directs Natalie Portman in Dior Ad

At least a woman director is now getting some of the bucks for a commercial. I'm thinking that I've reached the Natalie Portman saturation point.
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  • February 23, 2011 2:43 AM
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Tina Fey Stands Up for Working Moms (and Working Women) in Hollywood

I know that I am late to the game on this piece but I just read it over the weekend and there are some interesting things to discuss.
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  • February 22, 2011 4:30 AM
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Guest Post: Women of Cinematic Arts Inaugural Film Festival by Katherine Bowman

Women of Cinematic Arts held its inaugural film festival on February 5 at the Ray Stark Family Theatre at the University of Southern California. The festival featured new and upcoming filmmakers with a screening of shorts followed by an awards ceremony. The requirement for entry into the film festival was that a woman had to be a key player in the making of the movie. Although not every movie focused on female characters, most of the movies were written and directed by a woman. After the shorts screening and awards, there was a reception followed by the screening of On The Ice with producer Lynette Howell (Half Nelson, Blue Valentine.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 22, 2011 3:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cracks Directed and Co-Written by Jordan Scott

Will open in the US on March 18
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 22, 2011 1:56 AM
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Guest Post: An Oscar Nominee Attends the Nomination Luncheon by Sara Nesson, director Poster Girl

I am a first time director, first time Oscar Nominee and first time blogger.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 21, 2011 4:36 AM
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Hollywood Trusts First Time Male Directors With Big Budget Flicks

The Hollywood Reporter just published a story that highlights a current trend in Hollywood -- hiring first time dudes to direct big budget flicks. That doesn't feel like news to me, but again here is another story about directors and a trend in the business, and there is NOT A SINGLE WOMAN'S name mentioned.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 21, 2011 3:08 AM
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Bird's Eye View Film Festival Trailer

If I was going to be in London this March, this is the place I would be.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 21, 2011 1:57 AM
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