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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 May 30: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on May 30.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 30, 2014 5:13 PM
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Guest Post: How to Carry the Collaborative Spirit into the Realm of Distribution

Take the 2014 Summer Indie Movie Challenge!
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • May 30, 2014 5:00 PM
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Guest Post: Telling a Female Story with a (Nearly) All-Female Crew

Why we need a radical change in the way stories are currently told.
  • By Livia de Paolis
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  • May 30, 2014 4:13 PM
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Women and Hollywood is Hosting an LA Meet Up on June 13

Who's going to come and hang out with me on June 13 in LA?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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Review: We Are the Best! is an Unapologetically Awesome (and Complex) Story of Female Friendship and Rebellion

As the title suggests, "We Are the Best!" is about pure, unadulterated girl power.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 30, 2014 1:00 PM
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Maleficent Writer Linda Woolverton on Adapting Fairy Tales for a New Generation

The woman whose films have made well over a billion dollars discusses how she was able to keep the integrity of Maleficent's villainy while also making sure we still rooted for her.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 30, 2014 11:34 AM
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Quote of the Day: Dakota Fanning

"It's rare to see women in a film who are not somehow validated by a male, or discussing a male, or heartbroken by a male, or end up being happy because of a male."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Quvenzhane Wallis Anoints Herself Robin to Jamie Foxx's Batman in New Annie Spot

The always fantastic Rose Byrne also gets a boost in the new video.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 29, 2014 3:15 PM
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Night Moves Director Kelly Reichardt On How Her "Action Film" Is About People, Not Politics

Of her eco-terrorist film, Reichardt says that she and her writing partner Jon Raymond "started with the idea, 'Why aren't we all out blowing shit up?' And then just sort of walked back from there, trying to answer that question for ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 29, 2014 2:17 PM
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Pixar to Release Its Second Movie With a Female Protagonist Next Year

Slated for a summer 2015 release, "Inside Out" will focus on an 11-year-old girl's painful move from the Midwest to San Francisco and the emotions -- voiced by Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, among others -- provoked by the life change.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 29, 2014 12:04 PM
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