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

2012 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema Nominees Annnounced

Famed fashion house, Gucci, has announced the 2012 nominees for the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The award, which is for women’s artistic achievement in film, is awarded collaboratively with the Venice International Film Festival. It's a really broad award covering many different areas. Who knows how they will be able to pick the winner.
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  • July 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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Women Directed Additions to Toronto 2012 Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out 60 additional titles today. Here are some of the women directed films in the documentary and vanguard programs. (All Synopses from the TIFF press releases)
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  • July 31, 2012 1:26 PM
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Interview with Aurora Guerrero--Writer/Director of Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari writer and director Aurora Guerrero answered some questions (by email) fresh from the film recently winning Best Actress (Fenessa Pineda) and the Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film at Outfest in Los Angeles.
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  • July 31, 2012 12:53 PM
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In Appreciation: Lupe Ontiveros

Latina actress Lupe Ontiveros lost her battle with liver cancer last week at 69.  She had a long a varied career in Hollywood beginning in 1976 when she appeared in an episode of Charlie's Angels.
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  • July 30, 2012 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Cloud Atlas - Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski

The Wachowskis are an incredibly successful writing/directing duo best known for the Matrix Trilogy.  They are also known for the cult classic Bound and for writing V for Vendetta.
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  • July 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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Cross Post: Late-Night TV Stand-Up Demographic Scorecard: First Half, 2012

Remember when The New York Times profiled Eddie Brill into a corner and caused an uproar both within CBS and Late Show with David Letterman -- which took away Brill's power to book stand-up comedians on Letterman after almost 11 years -- and within the comedy community, which debated whether female comics really do "act like men" to please audiences?
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  • July 30, 2012 11:01 AM
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More: Comedy, Sexism

Weekly Roundup

Here's a round-up of some of the stories we didn't get a chance to cover last week but wanted you to know about.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2012 9:58 AM
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Interview with Anne Emond and Catherine de Lean - Writer/Director and Star of Nuit #1

I met Anne last spring in Cologne, Germany at the International Women's Film Festival where her film played. We were able to reconnect when she came to town to promote her provocative film, Nuit #1.
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  • July 27, 2012 10:55 AM
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New Trailer: Middle of Nowhere - Written and Directed by Ava Duvernay

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE | In theaters October 12, 2012
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  • July 27, 2012 9:59 AM
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Guest Post: Until the Fat Girl Swims

Many filmmakers talk about how their vocation is a "labor of love." For most of us, the "labor" can frequently exceed the "love." However, when we release our films out into the world it gives us pride to inspire, touch, and even occasionally enrage our audiences. That, in addition to a not-too-paltry check when it is sold or licensed, makes the sacrifices worth it.
  • By Faith Pennick
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  • July 26, 2012 3:45 PM
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