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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

Happy Friday: Watch Tilda Swinton's Ebertfest 2013 Dance Party

The marvelous and flawless Tilda Swinton alongside the late Roger Ebert's wife, Chaz led a dance party to Barry White at this year's Ebertfest.
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  • April 26, 2013 12:30 PM
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Cannes Adds 2 More Women Directed Films to Un Certain Regard, None to Competition

Today the Cannes Film Festival announced additions to their Competition and Un Certain Regard line ups.
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  • April 26, 2013 12:01 PM
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Watch This: Ron Charles "Explains" Women's Fiction

Watch The Washington Post's book critic, Ron Charles hilariously satirize the idea of "women's fiction." He brings light to the sexism embedded within criticism and the truly horrendous VIDA statistics.
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  • April 26, 2013 11:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: See Girl Run - Starring Robin Tunney

Emmie (Robin Tunney) is questioning the choices she's made--about her husband, her life and her past relationships. She decides to go back to her hometown to see if her high school love interest, Jason (Adam Scott) still has feelings for her --leaving her husband questioning what's going on.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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Meera Menon Receives Inaugural Nora Ephron Prize

As we previously reported, this year's Tribeca Film Festival established a new award in honor of the late, great Nora Ephron that would be given to a new emerging female filmmaker.
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  • April 25, 2013 5:33 PM
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Hot Docs Preview: Interview with Liz Marshall - Director of The Ghost in Our Machine

The Ghosts in Our Machine is an extremely upsetting yet moving film about how we treat animals. It tells the story of Jo-Ann McArthur, a photographer, who has dedicated her life to showing the disturbing treatment of animals. After watching the film, there is no way you will look or thinks about animals the same way again.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2013 1:45 PM
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Cartoon: The New Hollywood

This came from Donnelly's piece on the latest episode of Mad Men in her ForbesWomen.com column.
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  • April 25, 2013 12:30 PM
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Cannes Announces Jury Members

Cannes just announced the members of this year's Steven Spielberg led jury for the festival and to say it is a high profile bunch would be an understatement. Joining the jury is Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman, Japanese director and former Cannes competitor and winner Naomi Kawase, Indian actress Vidya Balan and British director and another former Cannes competitor Lynne Ramsay. It's heartening to see Ramsay included in the Cannes jury especially so soon after Jane Got a Gun.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 25, 2013 11:15 AM
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New Trailer for The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola

As we've recently reported, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring will be opening up Un Certain Regard at Cannes. On the heels of that announcement here comes another trailer for the film.
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  • April 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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CinemaCon Holds Panel on Women and the Box Office

Last week at CinemaCon, they held a panel about women and the box office. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Editorial Director, Janice Min, the panel touched upon the depressing statistics for female leads in films even though women drive much of the box office business.
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  • April 24, 2013 2:00 PM
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