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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

New Research Shows a Six-Year Low for Women Directors, 98% of Films Feature More Male than Female Characters

Also some good news: a decrease in teen hypersexuality.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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Elle Fanning to Play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour's Biopic of Frankenstein Author

"A Storm in the Stars" will focus on teenage Shelley's romance with married poet Percy Shelley and the work of writing her enduring masterpiece.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 31, 2014 12:45 PM
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Director Leigh Silverman on Mounting the Broadway Musical Violet and Working with Sutton Foster

"Design-wise, it all starts with [Violet's] scar as metaphor -- we don't see the scar, but every character on stage reacts to it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2014 11:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: Mercenaries Beats ExpendaBelles to the Big Screen

"We go PMS from hell on this place."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 31, 2014 10:00 AM
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Biopic of Anna May Wong, First Chinese-American Star, in the Works

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been approached for the role.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Sandra Adair on Hollywood's Slippery Career Ladder for Women

The editor of "Boyhood" shares her thoughts on working below the line while female in the film industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 2:06 PM
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Jessica Lange to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Lange will be the first female recipient of the festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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The 4 Best Reasons to Make a Web Series

Season 2 was my turn to be showrunner.
  • By Marin Gazzaniga
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  • July 30, 2014 11:30 AM
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More: Webseries

Trailer Watch: Peek Inside the Hallowed Halls of Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club

Where wealthy pricks learn to be wealthy pricks.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 10:08 AM
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Toronto Film Fest Announces More Films; Only 12% of Lineup So Far Directed by Women

It looks like TIFF just won't be a great showcase for women directors this year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

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