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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

Wendy and Lisa Win ASCAP’s First Shirley Walker Award

The award recognizes those "whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 26, 2014 3:11 PM
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Bound by Flesh Director Leslie Zemeckis on the Love Story Between Two Conjoined-Twin Sisters

At the height of their fame, conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton were the toast of vaudeville. By the end of their lives, they were unhappy supermarket clerks in small-town North Carolina.
  • By Alice Thorpe
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  • June 26, 2014 1:12 PM
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Rooney Mara and Megan Ellison to Adapt Somalia Kidnapping Memoir

Amanda Lindhout's memoir "A House in the Sky" details her fifteen months in captivity.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 26, 2014 12:07 PM
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Out in the Night Traces an Attempt to Seek Justice for Queer Women of Color

The case against the "New Jersey Four" was a perfect storm of injustice.
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • June 26, 2014 11:28 AM
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Sarah Jessica Parker Eyes Return to TV in Cop Drama

She'll be trading in her Manolos for a Magnum.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 4:42 PM
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Munich Film Festival to Honor Isabelle Huppert with Lifetime Achievement Award

The festival will also screen the French actress' latest film, "Paris Follies."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 2:28 PM
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Chicken & Egg Awards 23 Follow-Up Grants; Places Open Call for New Projects

In honor of its upcoming tenth anniversary, the film fund will prioritize projects that feature women and girls as protagonists and narrators.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 1:00 PM
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Review: The Lost Women of The Leftovers

There are few gender stereotypes to be found in HBO's new drama -- and little joy.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal is a British Arms Dealer in The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal in "White House Down"
Gyllenhaal's co-stars include Janet McTeer, Lindsay Duncan, and Stephen Rea.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 10:41 AM
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Why Maleficent is the Rape Revenge Film That We Need

In praise of the audacity of "Maleficent."
  • By Robyn Bahr
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  • June 24, 2014 2:38 PM
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  • 7 Comments

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