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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

Diane Lane to Play Hillary Clinton in NBC Mini-Series

Over the weekend at the TCA's, NBC announced that they are developing a four part mini-series about Hillary Clinton starring Diane Lane. It will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt, who wrote and directed the Oscar nominated Frozen River.
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  • July 29, 2013 12:30 PM
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Women Directed Documentaries on HBO's Fall Line Up

HBO announced their Fall 2013 documentary line up and it's ruled by women directed features.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 29, 2013 11:32 AM
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Alysia Reiner Talks About Being a Part of Orange is the New Black

In Orange is the New Black - the new Netflix sensation that takes place in a women’s prison, Alysia Reiner's character is incredibly callous. She plays Natalie "FIG" Figueroa, the tough assistant warden of the prison, who keeps a tight rein on everything that goes inside the prison.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • July 29, 2013 10:42 AM
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New Trailer Watch: After Tiller Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

I saw After Tiller when it premiered at Sundance. It is a film that needs to be seen and is so relevant to our times and the continued assaults on women's reproductive freedom.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Film News Round Up for July 26th: Updates on Gone Girl, Nicole Holofcener's Latest and Melissa McCarthy as a Spy

Here's a news round up of some of the most notable news from the past couple days.
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  • July 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Do a Frighteningly Funny PSA About Women's Health

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross have released a PSA about the recent attacks on women's reproductive rights and health.
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  • July 26, 2013 3:30 PM
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Kimberly Peirce's Carrie and Diablo Cody's Paradise Go Head to Head on October 18th

It's not like we get that many women directed films so it is always baffling films -- especially such high profile films like Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie and Oscar winner Diablo Cody's directorial debut Paradise -- will open on the same weekend. Granted they are different kinds of movies in different genres, but still, it's hard enough to get people to see one women directed film on a weekend, let alone two.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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Weekly Update for July 26: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Weekend
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  • July 26, 2013 2:05 PM
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Huff Post Live: Where Did the Women Go

I participated in a Huff Post Live conversation yesterday with some great folks including producer Lynda Obst about the lack of women on screen this summer. Check out our conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men. Meanwhile, of the 16 gala premieres just announced by this year's Toronto film festival , none have female directors.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • July 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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