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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

Taking a Break

We are all taking the week off from blogging and from social media. We'll be back after Labor Day. Have a great week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 26, 2013 9:48 AM
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Weekly Update for August 23 & 30: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Check out the women centric, directed and written films playing near you in the next two weeks.
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  • August 23, 2013 3:15 PM
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Summer's Final Thoughts: Wonder Woman, Strong Women, Indie Women and All the Women in Between

This summer will be remembered for, among other things, the fact that male superheroes and male non superheroes were practically all the we saw onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2013 2:30 PM
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Interview with Jill Soloway - Writer and Director of Afternoon Delight

Women and Hollywood got the chance to interview Jill Soloway about her film Afternoon Delight, which she wrote and directed. Afternoon Delight opens in theaters on August 30th.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cross Post: Meet The Butler's Powerhouse Producer

Sheila Johnson is a highly successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, producer, and philanthropist, with achievements and accolades far too numerous to list. I have the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees of The Sundance Institute with Sheila, and we share a passion for the advancement of women and girls as members of Women Moving Millions.
  • By Jacki Zehner
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  • August 23, 2013 1:15 PM
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Listless Women and Life Realizations in The Lifeguard and Afternoon Delight

Entering into the late twenties--one becomes increasingly accustomed to seeing life's so-called major plot points swelling around them...
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 23, 2013 12:15 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Book Thief

The Book Thief, based on Marcus Zusak's bestselling novel, follows a young foster girl, Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) living with her foster parents outside Munich during the horrors of WWII.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 23, 2013 11:15 AM
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SXSW Rerun: Interview with Brie Larson - Star of Short Term 12

Short Term 12, written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, was hands down one of my favorite films I saw at SXSW.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 23, 2013 10:20 AM
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Interview with Liz W. Garcia - Writer and Director of The Lifeguard

Women and Hollywood got the chance to speak to Liz W. Garcia, writer and director of The Lifeguard, which opens in theaters on August 30th. The film is also available on ITunes now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 22, 2013 2:05 PM
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GLAAD Releases First Annual Studio Responsibility Index

GLAAD, the nation's leading LGBT media advocacy organization, released their first annual Studio Responsibility Index, which looks at the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT characters in films from the six major studios during 2012.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 1:20 PM
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