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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

Janine Nabers Wins Yale Playwriting Prize

Nabers' "Serial Black Face" centers on a mother-daughter relationship in Atlanta in 1979, at the beginning of a two-year string of murders that targeted black children in that city.
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  • March 27, 2014 1:21 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ricky Gervais

Gervais speaks out against the frequently one-dimensional, all-too-often demeaning female characters churned out by Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 12:24 PM
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TV: Addiction Unmoors Nurse Jackie in Season 6 Sneak Peek

Get ready for deceit, descent, and destruction.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 11:25 AM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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UK's Channel 4 Exec Tessa Ross Becomes Head of National Theatre

Ross has been called "the mother of British filmmaking."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 12:14 PM
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Madonna to Adapt Novel by Alice Walker's Daughter

An American tourist in Africa falls for a Kenyan man in Rebecca Walker's "Ade: A Love Story."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 11:39 AM
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Meryl Streep to Star in Jonathan Demme Film Written by Diablo Cody

In "Ricky and the Flash," Streep would play a feckless older mother struggling to reconnect with her grown-up children after abandoning them as children to pursue a rock career.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 11:00 AM
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MPAA Data Shows That Women Are Still The Majority of Moviegoers

So how come there are not more movies that star women?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 26, 2014 10:00 AM
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Brunei Looking to Distribute Its Own Wadjda

The female-directed martial-arts film "Yasmine" will be Brunei's first commercial film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 25, 2014 2:51 PM
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Jennifer Lopez to Receive GLAAD Award

She'll be honored for her producing work on ABC Family's "The Fosters."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 25, 2014 2:11 PM
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