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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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Weekly Update for June 28th and July 5th: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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  • June 28, 2013 3:04 PM
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Happy Friday: Be Bro-Choice with Sarah Silverman

This week has been a huge news week for women's reproductive rights. From the very good-- Wendy Davis standing up and being a hero for women everywhere. To the very bad--Rick Perry attacking Davis for being a teen mother to Ohio passing a new state budget with INSANE abortion restrictions.
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  • June 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Liz W. Garcia - The Obstacles That Women Face in Hollywood Are Particularly Difficult Because Many Can't Be Seen, Or Easily Identified...

I came across this interview from Go Into the Story with writer/director Liz W. Garcia whose film The Lifeguard premiered at Sundance in 2013 and will be coming out on August 30th.
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  • June 28, 2013 1:00 PM
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Keira Knightley Will Produce and Star in The Other Typist

Keira Knightley will be producing and starring in The Other Typist, based on the debut novel of Suzanne Rindell. Fox Searchlight has locked down the rights.
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  • June 28, 2013 12:41 PM
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Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Mean Moms

New Line has just hired Beth McCarthy-Miller to direct the comedy, Mean Moms. Don't worry, it's not a sequel to 2004's Mean Girls but both films are based on books by Rosalind Wiseman.
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  • June 28, 2013 11:15 AM
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The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

Yesterday, I wrote a piece that gave my argument about why you need to go and see The Heat this weekend. What I didn't share since I was embargoed was the fact that I really liked the movie and it made me laugh so hard, harder than I have done in a long, long time.
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  • June 28, 2013 10:07 AM
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Why You Need To Go See The Heat This Weekend!

Remember two years ago when Bridesmaids came out and women went to the movies and Hollywood (except for every woman who worked there) was shocked! yes shocked! that women and men went to see a movie about a bunch of women talking about a bunch of women's things like weddings and boyfriends and shit like that?
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  • June 27, 2013 1:39 PM
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Oprah Tops Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities List

Oprah is number one on Forbes' 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list. Some may be surprised with the rough go of late that her network OWN has had..but it's Oprah! She always bounces back.
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  • June 27, 2013 1:15 PM
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Trailer Watch: The New Black - Directed by Yoruba Richen

In honor of a historic day in American history, we bring you the new trailer for Yoruba Richen's documentary The New Black which just won the AFI Docs Film Festival Audience Award and played at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The whole team from Women and Hollywood has seen the film and are big fans.
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  • June 27, 2013 12:19 PM
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Ellen Page on Strong Female Characters and Feminist Porn

In a Reddit AMA, Ellen Page answered questions from fans on numerous subjects including finding female roles in Hollywood. Page's latest role is in The East, about an anarchist group, which is co-written by Brit Marling.
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  • June 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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