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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: Marilyn Monroe Comic Book Tribute

I had written one comic book for the publisher, Bluewater Productions, which was about Elizabeth Taylor and they asked me to take on Marilyn. I said yes because I loved writing the first one so much, but I quickly realized that I had a ton of research to do if I was going to do this woman justice. Just because it's a comic book doesn't mean you don't want to tell their story in the most entertaining, respectful way you can.
  • By Dina Gachman
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  • April 30, 2013 3:29 PM
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Guest Post: Can Major League Dreams Defy Martial Law?

In the face of daunting odds of gender, geography and living under the gun, women and girls are the power players in my new documentary - The Only Real Game.
  • By Mirra Bank
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  • April 30, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes - Starring Willa Holland

Teenagers of many generations have connected to Judy Blume's iconic novels that focus on their interior lives. It's actually pretty surprising that none of Blume's work hasn't been given the film treatment until now. The first to be adapted is Blume's 1981 novel, Tiger Eyes.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Marianne Elliott and Helen Mirren Win at Olivier Awards

This year's Olivier Awards winners, Britian's prestigious awards for excellence in theatre, were announced on Sunday in London. Some new changes for the awards this year included a new voting system--instead of a panel of independent judges, the 153 members of the Society of London Theatres voted for the winners and this year's awards were broadcast on television for the first time.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 29, 2013 1:21 PM
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LACMA Holds Special Film Series Highlighting Young Women Filmmakers from Mexico

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding a special film series featuring the work of young female filmmakers from Mexico on May 10-11. The series was organized with AMBULANTE, a non-profit film organization founded in 2005 by actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 29, 2013 12:46 PM
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Remembering Mary Thom

The feminist movement suffered a huge loss this weekend with the death of Mary Thom. Mary Thom was a long time editor at Ms. Magazine where she arrived in 1972, and rose through the ranks to be its executive editor. She literally wrote the book on Ms. Magazine's history with Inside Ms.: 25 Years of the Magazine and the Feminist Movement.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2013 11:06 AM
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More: Feminism

Trailer Watch: Shadow Dancer - Starring Andrea Riseborough

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Weekly Update April 26: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 26, 2013 4:30 PM
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Tina Gordon Chism and Leila Djansi Directing New Films

Writer/Directors Tina Gordon Chism and Leila Djansi have some new projects that are currently being developed.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 26, 2013 2:01 PM
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Tribeca Film: Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

What Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants to do is simple - ride a bike. That shouldn't be so difficult, but when you live in Saudia Arabia, a place where women can't drive, a girl riding a bike in the street is not allowed
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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