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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

Guest Post: The Celluloid Ceiling is Much Lower Than You Think

I'll never forget one of the first film networking events I went to right after graduating from my MFA program at the top of my class. I've never been groped so much in my life.
  • By Mary Liz Thomson
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  • March 31, 2014 2:01 PM
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  • 8 Comments

Frozen Now the Highest-Grossing Animated Film in History

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's feminist fairy tale has become one of the top-ten highest-grossing films of all time.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 31, 2014 11:56 AM
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AFI's Directing Workshop for Women Turns Forty; Kimberly Peirce to Deliver Keynote

An interview with AFI's Director Workshop for Women head Patty West on the program's 40th anniversary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 AM
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Weekly Update for March 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 March 28.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Penelope Spheeris

The "Wayne's World" director calls out Hollywood's differering treatment of male and female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 3:00 PM
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Study: French Film Industry Suffers Gender Gap in Employment, Budgets

French women directors are much better represented in their industry than their counterparts in many other countries, but they still have a ways to go.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 2:04 PM
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TV: Latina Women Demand SNL Hire Latina Comedienne After Offensive Caricature

#StillNoLatinas was launched after the March 8 episode, which featured an airheaded beauty-pageant type named Marisol who spoke English loudly and poorly.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 1:01 PM
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Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 12:20 PM
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Andrea Arnold to Head Cannes Critics Week Jury

Arnold will lead a five-person team in awarding new filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Krysten Ritter on the Life She Could've Led in Her New Film "Refuge"

Ritter also discusses her favorite female performances of all time and her evolution from a small-town girl to a Hollywood actress, writer, and producer of films about empowered, unconventional women.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • March 27, 2014 2:13 PM
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