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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

Weekly Update for February 28: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on February 28.
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  • February 28, 2014 3:00 PM
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VIDA Count: Literary Sexism Persists in Book World, but Less at NY Times

This year's VIDA results show that, when publications commit themselves to gender equity, they can reach it.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 28, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Oscars' Giant Gender Gap Isn't Closing

Remember when Manohla Dargis said "the Oscars are bullshit"? She wasn't wrong.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 28, 2014 1:00 PM
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TV: Trailer Watch: Emily Mortimer's New HBO Sitcom About Female Friendship

Thankfully, it'll be nothing like "The Newsroom."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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Paramount to Distribute Ava DuVernay's Selma

"Selma" is one of several MLK films currently in the works, but Deadline reports that Winfrey's participation is putting the production on the fast track.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 3:36 PM
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The Big O: Who Will Win the Oscars This Sunday -- And Who Should

Hint: A certain squarish state figures prominently.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • February 27, 2014 2:00 PM
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Study Finds Lead Actresses Get Less Screen Time Than Lead Actors

When is a lead actress not the center of her film? When she's in Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 12:37 PM
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Sally Potter on the Cast Iron Ceiling for Women Directors

Sally Potter shares thoughts on why women directors don't get more opportunities.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 26, 2014 3:00 PM
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Women and Girls Lead Launches Online Film Fest #SheDocs for Women's History Month

All twelve documentaries will be available to watch for free on the Women and Girls Lead website.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 26, 2014 2:00 PM
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